The Virtues of Pessimism

The Virtues of Pessimism

Is pessimism the secret to a longer, happier life?

Following Doctor’s Orders: Risk vs. Reward, Like Everything

By Katrina S Firlik MD
There are no risk-free interventions in medicine. Rewards needs to trump risks.

Can Hope Be Bad?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Ensure that your hopes are not counter-productive.

When Pessimism Pays Off

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
Are pessimists actually happier than optimists?

Visualize the Good and the Bad

By Patty O'Grady Ph.D.
Use your pessimism to imagine Plan B.

The Psychology of Regret

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Should we live our lives with no regrets as the song tells us to?

Why Optimism Can Be Bad For Your Mental Health

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D.
Beware of Optimists!

Death and Marital Status: The Link Is Not What You Think

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Staying single and staying alive

Why We Can't Just Get Rid of Anxiety & Distress

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Negative emotions are hard-wired into our brains to be managed, not eliminated

The Negative Path to Happiness

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D.
Why to be a "defensive pessimist"

The Costs and Benefits of “Living for Now”

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D.
Present-oriented people experience positive emotions, but save less money.

5 "Don'ts" of Practicing Gratitude

By Amie M. Gordon PhD
There are times when an attitude of gratitude may backfire.

You Said You Would Change!

By Samantha Joel M.A.
Relationship beliefs can lead to unrealistic expectations of romantic partners

Are You a Healthy Neurotic?

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
It's possible to be healthy and neurotic, as long as you know how.

Rights or Rhetoric?

By Gayle A. Sulik MA, PhD
Breast reconstruction and the yet-to-be-tapped market of breast cancer survivors

Can People Tell When You're Depressed?

By Donna Barstow
Yes, but only if you wear this.

How We Convince Ourselves To Buy Products We Don't Need

By Douglas Van Praet
Are You Unconsciously Seeking Permission To Spend More Money On Brand New Stuff?

How to Disagree Without Being Seen as Bitchy

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D.
5 tips for avoiding negative judgments when you disagree