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Do you generally consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist? Have you always been the same one, or has your viewpoint switched back and forth as time goes by?

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  • My mother says I'm a pessimist. Sometimes I agree with her and sometimes I argue that I'm only being realistic. However, I've come to realize that I do tend to lean toward the pessimistic, even neurotic, side but then there are also times (mostly when the going gets tough) that I switch viewpoints and become optimistic.
  • I like to think I'm 'realistic', but under someone else's point of view I'm probably bordering on pessimistic xDDD I try to be positive, really, but it's soooooo hard to be an optimist when things never go your way :/ I used to be one though, back when I didn't look back at the things that happened. Once I did (and realized I was just fooling myself by saying everything was 'alright'), I couldn't be one anymore... I like to daydream about how things would be if they went my way though. "Soñar no cuesta nada" ("dreaming is for free") was kind of my motto when I was younger. I still believe that. The full quote was "soñar no cuesta nada, y estrellarse mucho menos" ("dreaming is for free, and crashing costs even less") though... That should give you an answer to this question, I think xD
  • when it comes of advising others, Im optimistic. but when it comes to myself, Im pessimistic :/
  • I'm a cup half full type of person, an optimist. I see that there is hope and opportunity in every situation. Everything is going to get better someway, someday, somehow. I usually stay the same, I don't often sway. If I do, I just stay quiet and then my hopeful self begins to spring back to life!
  • I am a half full kind of person, I love thinking that things are going to work out for the best. I believe I've always been a positive person even since I was younger. I've had a lot of negative impacts on my life since I was a child and sometimes because of the scenario where 'once something good happens, something bad happens to counteract'. I feel that because of younger negativity, I need as much positivity as I can before I kicked back to the curb!
  • When it comes to that particular question it depends on what situation it refers to. If we're talking about my own life I'm the biggest pessimist in the world. Nothing ever seems to work out for me and being a pessimist helps keep the disappointment from destroying me completely. When it comes to my friends though I lean towards optimism. I encourage them and support them the best I can. I'm of the mind I've been destined to be the supporter, but I'll never be the one who succeeds. Depressing isn't it?
  • An optimist sees the glass as half empty. A pessimist sees the glass as half full. George Carlin, a pragmatist, saw the glass as twice as big as it needs to be. I, a cynic, see a glass I haven't seen since the last time you were at my house.
  • I'm very optimistic. But before I was diagnosed with bipolar depression I was very pessimistic. I always thought that if something could go wrong then it would go wrong. I've changed my viewpoint since then.
  • I don't see it as half full or half empty, to me, it is just half. I think it switches back and forth, depending on what is going on at the moment.
  • I think I shift. Most of the time, and most of my life, I have been a pessimist, but in the past few years, I feel that has changed. This is mostly because of the fact that most of my negativity seemed to be trigger from my mental condition which at the time was undiagnosed. Yet over time, with treatment to make it manageable, changing the people I hung around and trying to be a bit more out going, I am feeling more optimistic. That is not to say that I am a Pollyanna, I still have a very bleak streak to me, but it's not all doom and gloom like it used to be.
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