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Explanatory Style of the Optimist and Pessimist

Optimism versus pessimism: The explanatory style of the optimist and the pessimist

***** optimist is "one who usually expects a favorable outcome." Th***** is the definition ***** optimism provided by the American Heritage Dictionary. However, I would disagree with this definition. An optimist knows that ***** road of life sometimes has a few bumps and ***** a favorable outcome is not always assured. Instead, an ***** is a person who believes that accentuating the positive in his or her mind is more productive, as opposed to focusing on the negative aspects of *****. An optimist might know that he or she has a h*****rd path ahead when pursuing a goal. *****e ***** has confidence that hard work will yield great dividends. The optimist will enjoy ***** journey to the goal, even if ***** goal is ***** achieved. An ***** believes in ***** power of positive th*****king—and doing, because if someone does not think in a ***** fashion, he or she is very unlikely to try.

The optim*****t *****s that change is possible or at very least, change is impossible if someone ***** not have faith in *****.

The pessimist only sees m*****e gloom, doom, and the impossibility of things ever becoming better. A ***** is, according to the dictionary, defined as someone who has: "a tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view" of circumstances. The pessim*****t may like to think of him or herself as more realistic and level-headed than an optimist, but in reality the pessimist's point is limited to seeing only one side of the equation ***** life. The pessimist's *****point is not always more accurate ***** the *****'s, simply more bleak.

The cliche ***** t*****: for ***** optimist, the glass is half full, for ***** pessim*****t the glass is half empty. The optim*****t sees the half-***** glass, ***** wonders—how can I make this ***** fuller, finding hope in ***** fact that the glass still contains something of worth? The pessimist focuses on what is lacking, and mutters—'see, ***** knew I would never get enough.' The optimist ***** on ***** he or she has at hand, the pessimist on what is *****. Both the optimist and ***** pessimist live in imperfect worlds, of course. In every*****'s life 'a little rain must fall.' But the optimist is able to find the beauty in a rainy day, while ***** ***** can only see gloom ***** doom. ***** optim*****t knows that the sun will come out ********** or at least the day after tomorrow—or the day after *****, as ***** weather is ***** changing.

********** optimist has a sense of humor. When he or s***** has a b*****d day, the optimist tells a funny story about the bad traffic, ***** loss of a contact lens, or the burnt toast. In ***** eyes of the pessimist, these mishaps are minor tragedies, and are cited as the reason that he or she is in a funk for ***** rest


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