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  1. I’m an optimist. Not a glass-half-full optimist, admittedly – I’d always see the glass as half empty. But I’d still be expecting beer till the moment I chugged down that half-a-glass of Miller Lite.

    No matter how shitty I always think things will turn out to be, they always end up being shittier than i anticipated.

  2. PESSIMIST- tried and true. I hate being this way and have tried and tried to change my outlook on life- mainly so my kid won’t think this way- but I can’t help it. I think it kinda comes with being cynical and jaded.

  3. That whole glass half full/empty thing… it depends on the prior condition of the glass:
    If it was last full but someone drank half, then it’s now half empty.
    If you were filling it then stopped, it’s now half full.

  4. Grateful Pessimist.

    My glass is half full and probably won’t get any fuller. But others have empty glasses, and I’m happy to have a half.

  5. I’m a pessimist with a positive attitude, if that’s not oxymoronic. I expect everything to go wrong, but try not to bring everyone down with predictions of doom. I prepare for the worst and maintain a cheerful and constructive attitude when I’m proven right. And if I’m wrong and everything goes perfectly, I’m even happier than the optimist.

  6. Regrettably a pessimist, but that’s mainly due to the stress of my soon-to-be-ending gig of fourteen years. I’m normally the most optimistic person in the room.

  7. “There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.

    “The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What’s up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don’t think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who’s been pinching my beer?” — Terry Pratchett

  8. Fact-based Pessimist. No plan or false hope for anything to go good. Not at all surprised if things don’t go good, no thrill if it does. I call ’em as I see ’em and I wouldn’t want to be any other way. Hope, schmope.

  9. Optimist. There have been times when life has gotten really shitty and I storm in and declare there’s an answer- a pony in the manure pile- somewhere. It’s even better when people say, You can’t do that! It will never work! Screw them and their hand wringing.

    Obviously everything bad in life can’t be fixed but if all the doors are closed I look for an unlocked window and climb out.

  10. Neutral, increasingly indifferent to things I cannot change, the world is too messed in certain things.
    The glass question is different depending on whether I’m thirsty or not and what’s in it.

  11. life has taught me one lesson – pessimism. the day anything works out in my favor or better than I hoped maybe I’ll reconsider.

  12. Reformed pessimist. Before that I was a disappointed optimist. When things are really bad, I say to myself, “This, too, shall pass”. Maybe I’m actually a realist.

  13. Quote from an unknown source:

    “The optimist believes that we live in the best of all possible worlds; The pessimist is certain that we do.”

  14. There’s a quote that says something to the effect that being a pessimist means that with the situation at hand you’re either right about the outcome or pleasantly surprised.
    When it comes to human nature, I am a pessimist…but there’s always the wild card of hope, and if you have hope, then you’re an optimist, no matter how cynical one can be.

  15. Legend has it that one evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

    The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

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