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(Medical Xpress)   Neuroscientists get at the roots of pessimism. You submitted this link half-full   ( medicalxpress.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Brain, caudate nucleus, abnormal activity, Graybiel, McGovern Institute research, McGovern Institute researcher, brain region, pessimistic decision-making  
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2018-08-10 11:34:32 AM  
I love being a pessimist. That way, when things turn up sunshine, rainbows, and kittens, I am pleasantly surprised.
 
2018-08-10 05:11:29 PM  
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2018-08-10 07:15:53 PM  
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. 
The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer?
And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman's eye. "

/not obscure
 
2018-08-10 07:48:05 PM  
Everyone with a talent for predicting the future shows signs of clinical depression.
 
2018-08-10 07:49:16 PM  
No I have a full beer
 
2018-08-10 07:59:31 PM  

RJReves: I love being a pessimist. That way, when things turn up sunshine, rainbows, and kittens, I am pleasantly surprised.


If you're a pessimist, your pleasure is even shorter-lived than the average person, and then you start being pessimistic about the next potentially-disappointing situation.
 
2018-08-10 08:01:49 PM  

Nefarious: The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer?


This is The Truth.
 
2018-08-10 08:22:19 PM  
Pessimism is for amateurs now nihilism that's where it's at.
 
2018-08-10 08:47:53 PM  
I used to be an optimist, but then life filled my glass with piss one too many times.
 
2018-08-10 09:17:30 PM  
This cost-benifit ratio description is perfect. My complaint has frequently been that the negatives/costs of life far outweigh any benefits. I've been a depression/anxiety sufferer just about all my life, I guess my caudate nucleus is screwing me over.

Now hurry up and come up with some treatment that actually works.
 
2018-08-10 09:22:14 PM  

Nidiot: This cost-benifit ratio description is perfect. My complaint has frequently been that the negatives/costs of life far outweigh any benefits. I've been a depression/anxiety sufferer just about all my life, I guess my caudate nucleus is screwing me over.

Now hurry up and come up with some treatment that actually works.


Lobotomy, but there's that cost benefit thing.
 
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2018-08-10 09:49:29 PM  
The glass isn't half-full or half-empty. It's twice the size it needs to be for the liquid it contains.
 
2018-08-10 11:39:16 PM  
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2018-08-11 12:36:02 AM  

wademh: Nidiot: This cost-benifit ratio description is perfect. My complaint has frequently been that the negatives/costs of life far outweigh any benefits. I've been a depression/anxiety sufferer just about all my life, I guess my caudate nucleus is screwing me over.

Now hurry up and come up with some treatment that actually works.

Lobotomy, but there's that cost benefit thing.


Lobotomy: ....Immediately following surgery, patients were often stuporous, confused, and incontinent. Some developed an enormous appetite and gained considerable weight. Seizures were another common complication of surgery.

Since they failed to mention anyone living a life of boundless joy following surgery, I'm rather failing to see what is supposed to be the benefit.
 
2018-08-11 12:48:10 AM  
First things first: obligatory XKCD what if comic.

Second, I do my best to be pragmatic/realistic about things. In a perfect world, realism is the happy balance between optimism and pessimism. In today's actual world, realism and pessimism seem to be converging.
 
2018-08-11 11:17:05 PM  
Fark needs an up-vote tag on the headlines.  Thanks for the laugh subby.
 
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