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(Washington Post)   Pessimists are happier when things go well. There's no way this is getting greened   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 29
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2014-08-10 01:11:20 AM  
Optimist:
losthatsportsblog.com

Pessimist:
www.defendclevelandshow.com
 
2014-08-10 08:38:24 AM  
When you expect the worst, any other outcome is a pleasant surprise.  Bonus:  you'll never feel the crushing shock and despair that the worst outcome brings about in optimists.

"How could this happen???"

vs

"Ha, I knew it."
 
2014-08-10 08:39:01 AM  
People always seem confused on the difference between pessimism and realism.  If something not "good" just about always happens in a specific circumstance, how is thinking that the same not good is going to result the next time be regarded as pessimism?

For example, going to a politics tab on Fark. It's realistic to expect idiots and mentally challenged lunatics to be posting crazy shiat in there; not pessimism.
 
2014-08-10 08:39:05 AM  
Because a pessimist assumes people are monkeys with power tools, and it's always nice to see that you over-estimated stupidity.
 
2014-08-10 08:42:41 AM  
who is not happier when things go well?
 
2014-08-10 08:43:54 AM  

oukewldave: People always seem confused on the difference between pessimism and realism.  If something not "good" just about always happens in a specific circumstance, how is thinking that the same not good is going to result the next time be regarded as pessimism?

For example, going to a politics tab on Fark. It's realistic to expect idiots and mentally challenged lunatics to be posting crazy shiat in there; not pessimism.


I would have called it optimistic to expect idiots and mentally challenged lunatics to be posting crazy shiat in there
 
2014-08-10 08:47:37 AM  

oukewldave: People always seem confused on the difference between pessimism and realism.  If something not "good" just about always happens in a specific circumstance, how is thinking that the same not good is going to result the next time be regarded as pessimism?

For example, going to a politics tab on Fark. It's realistic to expect idiots and mentally challenged lunatics to be posting crazy shiat in there; not pessimism.


I get this all the time. I think 90% of it is phrasing.

/I don't phrase things well.
 
2014-08-10 08:48:02 AM  
Expect the best.
Plan for the worst.
 
2014-08-10 08:49:01 AM  
I prefer to be skeptimistic. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
 
2014-08-10 08:49:05 AM  
You know who else was an optimist?

/declaring war on both the US and the Soviets? Comon man
 
2014-08-10 08:49:43 AM  
Oh and that was one of the better submissions I've read.
Great job subby.
 
2014-08-10 08:51:51 AM  

Fallout Boy: You know who else was an optimist?

/declaring war on both the US and the Soviets? Comon man


Optimist Prime?
 
2014-08-10 08:59:26 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-10 09:01:05 AM  
I don't think this thread is going to end well.
 
2014-08-10 09:16:51 AM  
 
2014-08-10 09:18:17 AM  

oukewldave: People always seem confused on the difference between pessimism and realism.  If something not "good" just about always happens in a specific circumstance, how is thinking that the same not good is going to result the next time be regarded as pessimism?

For example, going to a politics tab on Fark. It's realistic to expect idiots and mentally challenged lunatics to be posting crazy shiat in there; not pessimism.


Optimist expect a different result, regardless of history, and hence have no opening for surprise.

Pessimists fear the same result, but haven't shot themselves in the head, so have a small window open for surprise.
 
2014-08-10 09:34:57 AM  
Went to Dollywood for the first time yesterday. Expected a horrible time. By the end of the day, I had a lot of fun.
/Gatlinburg is an absurd place however
 
2014-08-10 09:59:34 AM  
I am an optimist in that I make tge best with what I've got and try to look on the bright side. I am a pessimist in that I expect not the worst from the future but definitely try to keep my hopes down.
 
2014-08-10 10:03:34 AM  
Blackadder: It's the same plan that we used last time, and the
seventeen times before that.

Melchett: E-E-Exactly! And that is what so brilliant about it! We
will catch the watchful Hun totally off guard! Doing
precisely what we have done eighteen times before is
exactly the last thing they'll expect us to do this time!
There is however one small problem.

Blackadder: That everyone always gets slaughtered the first ten
seconds.

Melchett: That's right! And Field Marshal Haig is worried that this
may be depressing the men a tadge. So, he's looking to
find a way to cheer them up.

Blackadder: Well, his resignation and suicide would seem the obvious
solution.
 
2014-08-10 10:06:24 AM  
I blame Boy Scouts, they taught me to always be prepared.  So be prepared for the worst and you'll never be disappointed.
 
2014-08-10 10:07:04 AM  
i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-10 10:25:38 AM  

oukewldave: People always seem confused on the difference between pessimism and realism.  If something not "good" just about always happens in a specific circumstance, how is thinking that the same not good is going to result the next time be regarded as pessimism?

For example, going to a politics tab on Fark. It's realistic to expect idiots and mentally challenged lunatics to be posting crazy shiat in there; not pessimism.


This,  I consider myself a realist,  but some people think if you don't put on a fake smile and don't rah-rah everything that you're being negative.
 
2014-08-10 10:45:31 AM  

oukewldave: People always seem confused on the difference between pessimism and realism.


All realists are pessimists but not all pessimists are realists.
 
2014-08-10 11:57:54 AM  
 
2014-08-10 01:39:59 PM  
Always plan for the worst so you are pleasantly surprised when shiat doesn't get farked up.
 
2014-08-10 02:40:14 PM  
I guess I should go join our local Pessimists' Club.
 
2014-08-10 02:59:10 PM  

Triumph: Optimist:
[losthatsportsblog.com image 300x257]

Pessimist:
[www.defendclevelandshow.com image 594x381]


Shouldn't that optimist be booking someone?
 
2014-08-10 04:14:01 PM  

Li'l Robbie: I guess I should go join our local Pessimists' Club.


I'm sure they will accept you and respect you!
 
2014-08-10 07:29:51 PM  

Li'l Robbie: I guess I should go join our local Pessimists' Club.


I don't do clubs. They never turn out as well as I think they're going to.
 
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