The Importance Of Pessimism

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Pessimism is a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; it’s essential to our well-being and survival. It makes us think of the worst possible situation to ensure our safety, both mentally and physically. Pessimism isn’t just there to make us depressed or gloomy, it makes us think rationally, logically.
Is optimism the best way to live our everyday lives? Does it hinder us from seeing reality and how it actually is? ‘Always think positive!’ Well, what if thinking positive gets us hurt or killed? Is it our fault for thinking it, or are we just brainwashed to think optimistic automatically?
In Barbara Ehrenreich's book, Bright Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, she talks of people only focusing on the optimistic side of situations rather than seeing it as it is. Ehrenreich expresses how people think too brightly on dark situations, like cancer. In turn of not thinking rationally and sugar coating the bad things, she agrees with “...sociologist Karen Cerulo” when she “recounts a number of ways that the habit of positive thinking, or what she calls optimistic bias, undermined preparedness and invited disaster” (Ehrenreich,10). The bright side is blinding us from seeing the whole truth, and is, in turn, undermining us. Optimism is overvalued and embraced by society, whereas pessimism is often never talked about or thought of negatively. Pessimism is thrown aside like a pair of dirty
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