Pessimist, Optimist, or Realist?

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Pessimist, Optimist, or Realist?

Daniel & Brittany Daniel & Brittany
I'm a pretty optimistic person myself. Where would you say you stand?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Pessimist
11  (18%)
Optimist
21  (34%)
Realist
29  (48%)
Total votes: 61
Poll is closed
05/03/2011
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Brandi Rouxxx Brandi Rouxxx
I always try to look at the cup half full.
05/04/2011
Annemarie Annemarie
I'm an optimistic realist.
05/04/2011
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
I will admit, I'm a definite pessimist, unfortunately. I'm always trying to change that.
05/04/2011
K101 K101
VERY optimistic, always have been. I'm very careful with any negativity. I have my bad days, but rarely ever does anyone hear me say anything negative. I am even careful of how I think. I don't even like to think anything that is bad. I don't want to get it in my mind. Like some people will say things like "This day couldn't get any worse." I never say that because I've had it happen. & People say things like "We're going to have a bad storm, it's going to tear all our houses down." I won't even think that because even thought are powerful! So are words. I try to think only good things even when it feels impossible. I've had so many things work out perfectly that way. When I start worrying myself with things I'll quote a little thing in my head over and over "No good will be withheld from me, my faith is in (I'll leave religious name out so I don't get flagged.) I am the upright and I dwell in His presence.

Anyways, just thinking positively can change everything! I have taught myself to steer clear of any thoughts like if I'm around a sick person and they cough on me, I used to think I know for sure I've caught it, but I stopped thinking that way about things and it's changed dramatically!
05/04/2011
slynch slynch
Optimist/Realist
05/04/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I can't lie - I tend to be more of a pessimist. I truly wish I wasn't!
Then other times I can be a realist.

I need to take lessons from you Kendra30752!
05/04/2011
padmeamidala padmeamidala
Quote:
Originally posted by Daniel & Brittany
I'm a pretty optimistic person myself. Where would you say you stand?
I am a realist mostly.
05/04/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
I can't lie - I tend to be more of a pessimist. I truly wish I wasn't!

Then other times I can be a realist.



I need to take lessons from you Kendra30752!
Haha, me too!



I think it depends on my mood. I'm more optimistic when it comes to other people. I like to encourage them. When it comes to myself I'm a bit of a pessimist. I'd like to be a realist, but depending on the situation I'm either a pessimist or optimist.
05/04/2011
indiglo indiglo
I consider myself a realistic optimist. First and foremost I'm optimistic, but not that dreamy, head in the clouds kind of optimist. Mine is tempered with realism too. Life isn't a dream or a fairytale, but that doesn't mean things are going to go badly either!
05/04/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I'll paraphrase what I replied with in another 'optimist/pessimist/et c' thread:

The optimist sees the glass half-full.
The pessimist sees the glass half-empty.
The realist knows someone's going to have to wash the damn glass.
The optimistic-realist knows they'll do a good job washing it.
The pessimistic-realist knows the glass is going to break when they wash it.

I am the last personality.
05/04/2011
hearts and hardons hearts and hardons
I enjoy my sense of pessimism . It goes with bitter and sarcastic And it always keeps me pleasantly surprised!
05/04/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I'll paraphrase what I replied with in another 'optimist/pessimist/et c' thread:



The optimist sees the glass half-full.

The pessimist sees the glass half-empty.

The realist knows someone's going to have to ...
Gee - going by that, I'm a optimistic-realist!
I see the glass half full and I KNOW I do a great job at washing...lol.
05/04/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
I'm an optimistic realist. I can be pessimistic at times, but I intentionally cultivate the more optimistic side of me. I am ALWAYS a realist though, first and foremost.
05/04/2011
gone77 gone77
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I'll paraphrase what I replied with in another 'optimist/pessimist/et c' thread:



The optimist sees the glass half-full.

The pessimist sees the glass half-empty.

The realist knows someone's going to have to ...
Yep, that's me too. *sigh*
05/04/2011
Lady Marmelade Lady Marmelade
I try to be optimist.
05/04/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
i would say im more of a realist
05/04/2011
Taylor Taylor
I'm pretty pessimistic. I try not to be, but it is hard for me. I always just assume the worst case scenario is going to happen.
05/04/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I'm a realist with optimist tendencies.
05/04/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
I'm an optimist, but I can be a realist as well.
05/04/2011
NuMe NuMe
I'm an optimist but not in an unrealistic way. My husband is a total and complete pessimist. Drives me nuts!!!
05/04/2011
salaciousrex salaciousrex
Optimist but I'm realistic about it all, just try to look on the bright side
05/05/2011
amandaco2011 amandaco2011
I grew up with the saying of I don't care if the cup is half full or half empty but what we are drinking and who is buying.
05/05/2011
Anjulie Anjulie
Definitely a realist.
05/05/2011
DustBunny DustBunny
Realist, while I try not to focus on what bad can happen, I still try to plan for it. Like getting a life insurance plan when I moved on on my own.
05/05/2011
tickle me pink tickle me pink
Unfortunately I'm usually very pessimistic. I try to be optimistic when I can.
05/05/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
An optimist or a realist. I try to always push for more.
05/06/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Realist here. I like to think the best of people, but know some people are just out to f' you over.


If you're looking to make a realistic positive change in your life, as an experiment, try not swearing out loud. It's an interesting experiment that doesn't cost anything and isn't that noticeable.
05/06/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Quote:
Originally posted by DustBunny
Realist, while I try not to focus on what bad can happen, I still try to plan for it. Like getting a life insurance plan when I moved on on my own.
I was raised to expect the worst but hope for the best and to always strive to be prepared, no matter what (at least to the greatest extent possible since some things are of a magnitude beyond what I could prepare for ... but at least I should strive to counter that which is preventable and that which can be attenuated). And I strive to bear in mind when tragedy strikes that "this, too, shall pass."

There is nothing that can befall me that has not been faced by countless people before me, so I might as well strive to face my struggles with dignity and humility while understanding that life is a journey with low points and some high points thrown in as well. No one in the history of mankind has gotten through life without facing low points.

And the high points are often what I make of them. I can choose to waste my opportunity to appreciate the small things in my life by choosing instead to envy others because their high points seem "higher" or greater than mine. Or I can be wise enough to appreciate the little things in my life that PLENTY of other, more unfortunate, people would see as blessings. I believe the little things in life that bring us happiness add up to something truly monumental.
05/06/2011
IrishLassie IrishLassie
I used to be very optimistic, but the older I get the more I become more a realist with a big dose of pessimisim and some optimisim.
05/06/2011
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