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Optimist or Pessimist?

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    I'm an optimist mostly, usually I expect things to turn out for the better, the only thing I feel pessimistic about these days are my own fortunes as I have a lot of self doubt at the moment. Aside from that I think pretty much everything will work out in the end.
     
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    I like to believe I'm a realist.
     
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    I chose neither because I'm right on the line presently. Living life as a pessimist is no good for long because you end up in pity party territory and then people just call you a whiner! It's a much happier life to be optimistic.
     
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    I don’t think you can have these kind of discussions without a debate about realism cropping up :D

    Anyhoo, I’m an unashamed optimist.
     
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    's so impossible for me to answer... optimist in individual relationships, pessimist in group ones. Optimist in the present, but pessimist about the future. Optimist about the truth, pessimist about people's ability/will to find it. Optimist about the world, pessimist about civilization.

    ...I guess that puts me close to a neither... but I can't imagine I have no bias... so I'll go with an "I don't know."
     
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    I answered neither. I'm very optimistic when it comes to my career and relationships, but in the broader scale of things I'm more pessimistic - or rather, scared. I see many things as absurd and that doesn't help.
     
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    Yes the absurdness of things makes me neither an optimist or pessimist - it just makes me baffled. If you say to someone, "Life is absurd" they will tell you that you're a pessimist. Maybe our problem is that we see the absurdness of things while others do not.
     
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    I'd also like to think I'm a realist . . . but happen to know that I'm a pessimist. Realism is merely a red herring . . . er, delusion . . .er, red herring . . . ;)

    I think I've seen "Clue" one time too many.
     
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    from the intj forum :
     
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    Maybe that just means I'm a realist with a depressing reality . . .
     
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    I am definately an optimist :mrgreen: , but unfortunately a bit of realism does sneak in once in a while ... :(
     
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    Hmmmm.....This is a tough one to answer cause in reality I am both.

    I hope for the best. But prepare for and expect the absolute worst. And since things are always better than I expected, I am never really disappointed by my expectations.
     
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    I find it easier to be optimistic for other people.

    I try not to expect too much from life.
     
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    Damn, something’s seriously wrong with the polls that were transferred, it's saying I'm 'Pessimistic' I'm not, nope, never :dance: w00t :dance:
     
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    I've noticed the same thing with other polls, I'm wondering if it can be fixed...
     
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    I can edit polls, but only if I have the previous results available.
     
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    Fug it then. I don't keep these things on a pad next to my moniter or anything like that.
     
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    yeah yeah...
     
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    I tend to be optimistic when around others because I don't like to depress people. But I am very pessimistic. One of my professors recently said so in fact.
     
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    I'm totally an optimist. It just seems like the more reasonable way to look at the world. Pessimism just doesn't seem to add as much as optimism.
     
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