Study of Emotions
Types of Emotions
Survey on Emotions
Dealing With Emotions
Have you ever wondered why some people feel down and defeated when faced with difficult
situations, while others feel challenged and hopeful? Or why some people get all worked up and
angry over small inconveniences and disagreements, while others respond more positively? These
opposite emotions and reactions are due to how people interpret events - whether they view things from an
optimistic or a pessimistic point of view.
The defining characteristic of people with pessimistic feelings is that they tend to believe
hardships will happen to them and last a long time, undermining everything that they do, and
also, they are at fault. People with optimistic feelings, on the other hand, confronted with
the same situations, believe that defeat is a temporary setback; its causes are confined to that
one situation, and they are not at fault.
The difference between optimistic and pessimistic feelings isn't a difference in life
experiences, but rather in how people perceive and respond to adversity. A person with optimism
who is going through hardships assumes life will get better, while a pessimist believes life
will always be difficult and painful.
Achieving a balance of realism and hope can be a challenge.
People with optimistic feelings will try harder to change a difficult situation. These
different approaches to life affect our health.
Optimists generally have better health, age well, and live more free of many physical problems
associated with aging.