I have been a "glass is half full" person as far back as I can remember. But I think that being in Al-Anon has reinforced this positive outlook even more. I seldom think negatively, although I have to say that environmental disasters such as the oil spill in the Gulf influence my outlook about the planet and what we are doing to it. And the outlook isn't necessarily positive.
That being said, I thought that the Optimism Spectrum was an interesting concept to ponder. Where along this spectrum do you happen to fall?
- Realist: I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic, but simply realistic about the good and bad things in my life
- Concrete optimist: I am optimistic, but I am realistic about the possible outcomes of events
- Cautious optimist: I am optimistic, but I am careful not to be complacent about my good fortune
- Situational optimist: My levels of optimism/pessimism change from situation to situation
- Fatalist: I accept that essentially I can’t change what’s going to happen to me, whether it’s good or bad
- Individualist: I believe that essentially I have control over what’s going to happen to me, whether it’s good or bad
- Pessimist: I am generally pessimistic, whatever the circumstances
- Contagious optimist: I am always optimistic, and my optimism spreads to those around me
- Unabashed optimist: I am always very optimistic, whatever the circumstances