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Positivism, Negativism, Optimism And Pessimism

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Knowing the differences between positivism, negativism, optimism and pessimism, can help you improve in your daily life.

Nowadays, faced with the situation in which we find ourselves immersed, it is possible to see different facets in people’s lives with respect to the events that continually happen to them, so much so that as we can well distinguish the personality or way of being among various individuals, it sometimes appears as if one person is not just one under different circumstances.

And it is that we were born and raised with a culture resistant to change and in itself, we tend to think that what happens around us is everything that is known, and even more, because we are close, we frame it within what which in our eyes is: good.

Well, today I want to talk about a topic, which perhaps the vast majority of people have heard or read at some time, however, it is easy to predict that most of them simply take it into account, but do not apply it. How many times have you said things like … “ In the new year I will stop … “?, Or, starting next week, I will be more orderly … or, I will never again …. With the feeling that everything was nothing more than promises … that many times we have very big goals and dreams, but our approach does not allow us (for some reason or another) to achieve what we propose.

In this order of ideas, I want to highlight that a large part of the thoughts that cross our minds every day and every moment, fall classified into one of the following groups:

  • Positivism
  • Negativism
  • Optimism
  • Pessimism


It is basically related to seeing each activity, in a beneficial way, seeing the world, with winning eyes. Positivism is closely related to faith and self-confidence. Believing that everything is going to turn out well for us is not an easy thing, nor does it ensure that it will, however, it fills us with conviction and inner strength to try.


Perhaps we have all been negativists at some point in our lives, because due to the situation, or the environment that surrounds us, we form in our mind the possible results of our actions, configuring them within what we take for granted, and in based on the experience of others who have failed.


The origin of this word comes from the Latin « optimum » which means: «The best», that is, optimistic people believe that the most optimal case is the one that is going to be reached; in other words, if all possible situations are taken into account, only the best of them is considered viable.

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Contrary to optimism, it only takes into account the worst results and situations in life, it is here where one usually falls into a vicious cycle of misfortunes, attracted mainly by the predisposition to failure.

After these brief definitions, what one should think about is: Which of them are better for me? And many will say “Obviously, positivism and optimism!” The more they will wonder about whether it is impossible to be a negativist or a pessimist, and there come the problems. People in general tend to believe that not everything can be good, that there has to be a balance between good and evil, however, they do not realize that with this, they simply manage to limit themselves to not achieving superior achievements, because to leave room for negativism and pessimism is to leave room for failure, and misery.

Well but … How to overcome pessimism and negativism?

Every day, I hear comments from pessimistic people, such as: Everything goes wrong for me! Or its equivalent: Nothing works for me! … I don’t understand why others can and I can’t! And I say pessimistic, because it is clear that such people they only see the worst as a possibility for their lives.

Likewise, those naysayers preach: I will never achieve this … there are others better than me … you can’t do that! No one has ever been able to! … and the famous answer to the question: What’s good? -> No, nothing … everything remains the same.

Do you think, my dear readers, that thinking this way is going to help us? Have you ever heard a successful businessman comment like this?

Basically, improving our lives depends only on small changes in the most daily acts, and it is that in our activities, we are continuously expressing what we feel, even for ourselves, with our thoughts. Well, change something as simple as the answer to: how are you? How are you today? -> VERY GOOD! EXCELLENTLY! AND IMPROVING!!!. And harmonize communication with himself, with the aim of increasing self-confidence and self-esteem; It can lead us to be able to visualize big changes in our surroundings, even people will notice it.

I propose an exercise: For a few days, try to see the differences in the way of expressing yourself, of the people that you consider successful, with respect to those who are not. You’ll be surprised! The discrepancies are colossal and it is easy to see ultimately why these people are in this or that state.

My proposal for you today is that you (at least) try every time to have fewer negative and pessimistic thoughts, and also, document yourself about the people who are successful every day … many of them, labeled as crazy at first. Our brain processes around 60,000 thoughts a day … it is easy to realize that if the way of thinking and seeing the world is improved, not only does it change internally, but it is possible to change the world too!

I sincerely wish you many successes, and achieve everything you propose, because I myself can attest, that it is NOT impossible :)

Knowing the differences between positivism, negativism, optimism and pessimism, can help you improve in your daily life. Something to have in mind!

© 2021 Chris Isle

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