Generally speaking, into which category do YOU fall: optimist or pessimist? Maybe, the best answer should be both — depending on the situation.
“It remains an optimist’s world. The prevailing view in positive psychology — the scientific study of how to make people happier — is that optimism results in better health outcomes, physical and mental. This association has helped spawn a cottage industry in optimism books, seminars, and conferences. [Yet, many] experts say pessimism can at times be beneficial to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Some studies have found that having a more negative outlook of the future may result in a longer and healthier life. Pessimism and optimism are opposite ends of a spectrum of personality traits, and people generally fall somewhere in between.
“‘All too often in the literature and in the public conversation, we want people to be more than 90% optimistic,’ said Dilip Jeste, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California San Diego. ‘That’s not good. It is much better to have a balanced perspective and have some pessimistic streak in your personality in order to succeed.'”