The Rise of Realism

Science now sees optimism and pessimism not as good or bad outlooks you're born with but as mind-sets to adopt as situations demand. So let's be realistic, mix of pessimism and optimism will get you far.

A Shot of Pessimism

By Paul Raeburn

A sunny disposition only goes so far.

The Positive Rise of Negative Psychology

By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Ph.D.

Our quest for self-esteem is out of control, one expert says. Time for a reboot?

The Upside of Negative Emotions

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.

Why feeling fully leads to a better life

The Uses and Abuses of Optimism and Pessimism

By Annie Murphy Paul

Without optimism or pessimism, you might not accomplish very much.

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