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Pessimism

On Matters of Optimism and Pessimism

Robert Teitelman | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

We're at a strange moment, trembling between optimism and pessimism. Much of this is economic; after a gloomy four years or so, there are signs that a more solid economic recovery may be in the works.

How Negative Thoughts Affect Everything In Our Life

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

In medicine, when we talk about the "nocebo effect," what we are referring to is the concept that adverse health or clinical events can be produced or influenced by negative expectations.

Mixed-Bag Living

Robert Levithan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? I subscribe to the answer my colleague Sally Fisher formulated: "Both!" Life is both full and empty. When we are only in the empty part, we are suffering; when we are only in the full part, we are in denial.

How to Beat Pessimism, Boost Savings

Richard Barrington | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

Did pessimism about the future influence people to abandon the hope of saving for retirement, or did a lack of savings lead to the pessimism? One clue may be in the fact that people over 55 are even more gloomy about the future of the economy than the general population.

Nearly Quarter Of Global Workforce Is Depressed, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

It's tough to find a job these days. And even getting one far from ensures happiness. Almost a quarter of the global workforce is depressed, accord...

Young Whites More Pessimistic Than Minorities: Study

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business

White youths are more pessimistic about their economic future than young minorities, though black and Hispanic youth are more likely to be in a worse ...

Companies Where Employees Are Losing Hope

24/7 Wall St. | Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Some companies become so badly damaged because of changes in the competitive markets or due to poor management decisions that thei...

As Obama Prepares Jobs Speech, Low-Earning Americans Gloomy About Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

With the economy slowing to a near-standstill this year, and the prospect of a turnaround appearing increasingly unlikely, Americans' spirits -- parti...

The Real Debbie Downer: An Interview With SNL's Rachel Dratch

Avital Andrews | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Rachel Dratch, best known for her Debbie Downer character on Saturday Night Live, recently volunteered her comedic talents for a televised public-service announcement.

Americans Deeply Pessimistic About Economy

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future as economic concerns rise and White House talks on raising the U.S. debt ...

Two-Fifths Of Americans Believe Economy Is In 'Permanent Decline': Survey

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business

As QE2 comes to an end Thursday, and experts try to predict what’s next for the U.S. economy, a new poll suggests a significant percentage of Americ...

When Optimists End Up With Pessimists

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

It's particularly common for one person in the relationship see their world and their goals in terms of what they can gain, while the other person sees them in terms of what they stand to lose.

How To Be An Optimist Without Being Unrealistic

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

To be successful, you need to understand the very vital difference between believing you will succeed, and believing you will succeed easily. It's the difference between being a realistic optimist and an unrealistic optimist.

Deciding to Blog and What Happened Next

Susan Orlins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Orlins

Sometimes I play a game in which I name an object and then try to associate a worry with it, just to see if I can stump myself. "Venetian blinds," I ...

The Mind and Mood of Connecticut

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marian Salzman

"Keep the younger generation in the state, provide jobs for the population, send the illegal immigrants back to their countries. We need jobs to provi...

Evangelical Pessimists, Stop Trying to Convert Me!

Dr. Paula Bloom | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paula Bloom

We are each susceptible to the influences around us. It is important to realize this, and surround ourselves with happy, healthy thoughts.

2010: Six Hairy Issues (and How to Solve Them)

Fortune's Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
<i>Fortune</i>'s Stanley Bing

What we need is not only a rebound in the economy, it's the feeling in corporate America that it's good to employ people.

The Power of Positive Negative Thinking

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

There are thoughtful folks among us like Joshua Foa Dienstag who says we should embrace, or at least, form an acquaintance with the alternative to positive thinking -- PESSIMISM!

Greeting the New Year

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Madeleine M. Kunin

This is time of year when we automatically wish people a "Happy New Year." But if we start to seriously think about what might happen in 2010, we may fall into despair -- unless of course we are optimists.

5 Ways To Find Success

Judith M. Bardwick | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith M. Bardwick

Learn to break larger projects into separate parts or steps and prioritize which need to be done swiftly and unusually well. Do not sweat the smaller stuff which are not critical.

War Is Over (If You Want It)

Fortune's Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
<i>Fortune</i>'s Stanley Bing

The innate optimism of the American spirit is beginning to bubble. Enough of this gloom and doom! It's time to have a burger, down a couple of brewskies, hit the new ground running.

Tweet From SXSWi '09: "Pessimists Die Quickly" (Gulp)

Sanjay Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sanjay Khanna

I believe we need to place trust in one another and create community-based responses to climate change, whole or piecemeal, in the face of constraints that are bound to grow over time.

Finding Inspiration In Our Youth: The 'Lost Generation' Takes a Stand

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Last week, I wrote about the impact of the economy on our children and explored if there is an "upside" to the down turning economy for families. (rea...

Choosing Optimism When Pessimism Would Be Easier

Jason Mannino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Mannino

With the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, there has been a lot of talk about "change" and optimism. Some even think we have been hearing ab...

The Snark Ascending

Steven G. Kellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Steven G. Kellman

Snark presupposes a secret society of shared disdain. It preens, reveling in its own cleverness.