This post credited to: Optimism Vs. Positivity: Why Positive People Always Win, by Mike Radivis at www.becomeunrestricted.com
Optimism Vs. Positivity. Huh? Wouldn’t that have to be Optimism Vs. Pessimism or Negativity Vs. Positivity? And aren’t optimism and positivity the same thing? No, and no. It’s really hard to realize that, because usually optimism and positivity are used as synonyms. Conversely, pessimism and negativity also aren’t the same. Let’s start with some…
The following aren’t common definitions of the following terms, but I think they are rather useful and enlightening:
- Optimism means that you expect a situation to have a definite good outcome.
- Positivity means that you think any outcome of a situation can be used in a good way.
- Pessimism means that you expect a situation to have a definite bad outcome.
- Negativity means that you find a bad aspect of any outcome of a situation and focus on that.
- Realism means that you have accurate expectations about the probability of good, neutral, or bad outcomes of a situation.
- Indifference means that you don’t care about the outcome of a situation.
- Neutrality means that you think the good and bad aspects of any outcome of a situation will balance out each other.
Note that these are pretty granular definitions as they all depend on a given situation; like doing a test, working on a project, or going to a party. In reality, people are optimists in some situations while they are pessimists in others. You can be optimistic about your career outlook and pessimistic about your weight, or the other way around.
Optimism, realism, and pessimism are about expectations. Positivity, negativity, indifference, and neutrality, on the other hand, are about perspective. Read the rest of this entry »