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Personal, Permanent, Pervasive

A recent seminar speaker discussed factors involved in the psychology of happiness. According to him, optimists and pessimists react respectively to a bad and good event by thinking that it's:

That is, when something unpleasant occurs a pessimist feels, "It's me, and it will always be this way, everywhere." An optimist believes that about something pleasant. In the converse situation, if something good happens to a pessimist s/he dismisses it as not connected to personal virtue, not likely to recur, and not universal. An optimist shrugs off misfortunes likewise.

(cf. OptimistCreed (1999-04-16), ThankGoodness (2002-12-25), OptimisticPessimism (2003-03-19), GreatAndNobleTasks (2007-06-30), ...) - ^z - 2009-04-27