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Apparently Warren has inherited my paranoia. Welcome to a life of constant suspicion, buddy!

I’m the type that always assumes the worst is going to happen, and plans accordingly. I read recently that this has been dubbed “defensive pessimism” and is now being seen as a good thing because it motivates people to act. Provided it’s applied appropriately, that is. Optimism also is a good motivator, particularly in the face of great odds, but where it falls short is when things are going well. Then optimists tend to assume everything will work out fine and often don’t take precautions to make sure that’s the case. A little pessimism in that situation can prevent problems from happening in the first place. Of course, being a pessimist when times are already bad can outright cripple your chances of success.

Defensive pessimism is also why I have an emergency food stash in my basement. That zombie apocalypse could be right around the corner, you know!

Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? When has it paid off, or gotten you into trouble?

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I have what’s known as a “bug-out bag.” A completely packed survival kit always ready to just get on my back and go. When I spontaneously decide to go backpacking for a few days, well, I’m all set! Saves load of hassle and allows for that spontaneity. It’s too tough to plan for a weekend camping when you won’t know the weather until you get closer.

A bug-out bag is a ridiculously cool idea! Equally useful for leisure time or emergencies, containing things that can be crucial to survival or a good time in the outdoors! What a neat concept! What goes into your bug-out bag? I’m assuming things like a first aid kit and matches. Compass and solar blanket, perhaps?

I’m a realist. I don’t sway from one extreme to the other but rather stick to what seems to be real.
Some see it as pessimism at times, and at other times is seems like optimism.

While i don’t have a food stash in the basement, I always have enough food to last me a few weeks in case something goes awry.
Also, I have friends whom are prepared for the zombie apocalypse and I’ve cemented my place in their home, should the need arise. 😀

See, I get to be that friend for MY friends. I hope they like SPAM…

I envy your middle-of-the-road stance. I think I swing from pessimism to optimism like a light switch being used to throw people into epileptic seizures. What’s your secret to staying so stable?

I’m pretty much the same as DraXenN, a realist! But I lean towards what you described as “defensive pessimism” when it comes to certain things (I LOVE that term by the way, it’s perfect!). In particular, I don’t let myself get excited about upcoming events I’m looking forward to, because my childhood was peppered with things not panning out and my hopes being dashed. It goes as far as “I don’t want to jinx it” even though I’m not superstitious!

When things do pan out well, though, I enjoy it a little more 😛

I read that term in “Psychology today” and thought it was really interesting! The article was about the “cult of optimism” that’s been formed in America, and how the perspective that being optimistic always = good thing is changing. It argued that being able to adapt to situations and transition between optimism and pessimism fluidly was more likely to lead to success.

My Fiance and I are trying to put together a NPO with some close friends that will teach people life skills that aren’t taught any more (budgeting, cooking, and ect.) as well as survivalist skills “Justin case” (sorry, his name is Justin so we make that joke a lot, much to his dismay).

What an awesome idea! It’s often saddened me to see how few life and survival skills people know. Cooking, gardening, and budgeting really aren’t that hard, but people treat them like they are impossible and intimidating tasks! It’s awesome that you’re taking the initiative to help change that!!

(And I love the name — I’m horribly addicted to puns!)

(Depressed people are making plans, but optimistic people are better at identity management, for obvious reasons. Apparently, we should be pessimistic about life plans and optimistic about ourselves as people. So that’s how I try to roll. *blah blah psych nerd blah blah*)

His uniform is so awesome. It’s just awesome. I think the ludicrous length of the feather is what pushes it from “cool” to “awesome.”

I can’t say that there’s any real secret. I’m pretty easy going in a lot of ways so it comes natural to me.

I mean, to put it in words it’s a matter of not obsessing over the little things, taking things day by day but don’t be afraid to plan ahead…Just don’t go too far.

All in all it’s WAY easier said than done, with the way the human mind can work.

While the reasoning for my style depends on itself, it is really useful. I go for a statistical approach to most situations. So, I see a condition (My conversations fail) observe a pattern (usually [~80%] when someone is trying to “small talk” with me) find at least one causal layer down (because I don’t know anything popular right now), sometimes two (because I spend all my time writing code, researching for fun, or playing obscure video games), determine if this is relevant to anything that matters, (I need to be able to communicate with people) and if not, just remember and ignore. Otherwise, see the easiest/most reasonable solutions (I can avoid talking wit people, research popular information [news,weather,especially sports] while researching for fun, and/or find other people who research similar subjects and play similar games). I then try these out as I predict they will work, gather information on how well they work, and continue to react accordingly.

It roughly boils down to: If this works most of the time, do it; otherwise, don’t.

This is simply being applied to how I think instead of just the more observable actions.

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