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Why Do Some People View Life Negatively?


Misbah has always wanted to pursue writing as a career. She has done her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Fine arts.

Why do some people view life negatively?

Why do some people view life negatively? Many times, the emotions that we usually experience on a day-to-day basis are reflected not only in feelings and other subjective phenomena, but also give rise to a certain mentality, or practically to a philosophy of life.

In this sense, the cases in which people get used to seeing life in a very negative way are not rare, as if regardless of what happens to them, they always decide on a pessimistic interpretation of the facts. Let's see why this is.

Why do some people adopt a pessimistic mindset?

These are the main psychological factors that can explain why many people seem to adopt a pessimistic mindset in their day-to-day lives.

1. Depression

The possibility of depression cannot be ruled out. Although most people who tend to have a rather negative way of thinking do not meet sufficient clinical criteria to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, it is still one of the most common psychopathologies (it is estimated that approximately one 8% of the population will develop it at some point in life).

This alteration is characterized by intense demotivation and the inability to feel pleasure and/or illusion from day-to-day experiences, as well as sadness and melancholy. Part of its causes have to do with maladjustment in the functioning of the brain; however, it is a treatable pathology, which is why it is very important to seek professional help in therapy.

On the other hand, most of the psychological phenomena that will be discussed below are usually present in cases of depression, although, in themselves, they are not sufficient reason to conclude that this disorder is present.

2. Low self-esteem

Low self-esteem relates to an attribution style that leads us to assume that the good that happens to us is never a consequence of our merits, but to others or luck, and the bad that happens to us is our fault. For this reason, a negative mentality arises in us, since it gives us the feeling that experience shows us that striving to improve our situation or to help others is useless (although behind this apparent objectivity in describing that, pessimistic bias is subjective).

3. Few incentives on a day-to-day basis

People whose way of life leads them to experience varied situations have a greater capacity to discover stimulating experiences and skills that they are good at, so it is easy for them to regularly find new sources of gratification. On the other hand, the fact of leading a lifestyle marked by monotony makes it easier for us to become emotionally stagnant, which implies having low expectations about what the future holds.

4. Poor management of our memories

Sometimes, the memory of specific situations that caused us emotional pain in the past becomes a vicious cycle of intrusive thoughts that come to our minds again and again and disturb us. In the most extreme cases, this problem takes the form of psychological trauma, but even when it does not constitute a disorder, it gives rise to a rather negative way of thinking.

This has to do with the functioning of memory. It has been shown that when we are sad, we tend to evoke memories that are also sad for the recovery of memory corresponds to our emotional state in the present. In the same way, our emotions in the here and now lead us to associate a similar emotional charge with our memories, partially manipulating them without our realizing it.

5. The social context also matters

The people with whom we interact on a day-to-day basis are also a constant that can greatly affect what we usually think and feel on a day-to-day basis; however, as they are not part of our brain, we tend not to take these social variables much into account when it comes to understanding ourselves.

Thus, if those around us are pessimistic or underestimate us, it is likely that our way of thinking fits with those preconceptions that have been "imposed" on us by our social environment.

What to do?

Psychological therapy is the most effective resource to reconcile with life and develop a constructive mentality that allows us to see the good that our day to day gives us. Mental health professionals work by offering personalized treatment and solutions tailored to each person, taking into account both their characteristics and the context in which they live.

Bibliographic references:

Bower, GH; Monteiro, KP; Gilligan, SG (1978). Emotional mood as a context for learning and recall. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 17 (5): pp. 573-585.

Kramer, PD (2006). Against depression. Barcelona: Seix Barral. Why do some people see life negatively?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah


Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 24, 2021:

Thanks for appreciating Rosina

And thanks a million for Sharing your personal experience with psychotherapy.

I am glad to hear that the the sessions helped you to come out of the situation

A lot of people avoid going to psychiatrist and psychologist because they fear. I appreciate you for coming up and sharing your experience.

May be your comment will help someone to get rid of the fear


Rosina S Khan on February 24, 2021:

I agree with you, Mesbah, those who have a negative view of life can take up psychotherapy. At one point in my life, I was so depressed that when I went to a psychiatrist, he helped me come back to my original self after several sessions with him.

Thank you for sharing this article.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 23, 2021:

Thanks Nadeem Iqbal


Nadeem Iqbal from Lahore on February 23, 2021:

Attractive words. great job.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 23, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Sourabh Gaba

glad to see you here in the comments


Sourabh Gaba from Delhi, India on February 23, 2021:

Excellent article.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 23, 2021:

Thanks, Manatia for your guidance and support

I know your keen words are always a piece of good advice for me.

I will surely change the angle as you said, Jazak Allah

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 23, 2021:

Yes, Devika Primić

You pointed out a good point there are a lot of more reasons to address too, like fear of future, anxiety of the present or shame about the past, fear of losing, and many more

Thanks for sharing your views

I am glad to see you here in the comments


manatita44 from london on February 23, 2021:

You're doing well and yes, I can feel you trying ... striving; sincere. If you can, change your angle a little. Write like you're part of a whole ... that the others' happiness is your happiness.

Our vaccine programmes are highly advanced in the West, but we still do business with Asia, Africa, etc. All life is interconnected. Think of this when you're writing. Make it more inclusive. Jazak Allahu Khairan

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 23, 2021:

Thank you so much Manatita

you really made me feel honoured with your kind words

there is a lot more I wish to do

Want to serve people in whatever manner I can

we all are here on this earth and have to go back one day

so why not serve humanity

and be in someone's good books

You are also serving people with your kind words and poetry

Jazak Allah

sending blessings

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 23, 2021:

A negative outlook on life comes from those who have a not much of a happy childhood useful tips.

manatita44 from london on February 23, 2021:

Lovely! My perception is that you are trying to write some holistic articles, trying to serve, perhaps trying to inspire, as well as to make a few 'bob' if you can. Commendable! I admire your youth, vibrancy and energy.

Yet even I can be negative after 38 years of spiritual Sadhana, and the struggle is not for 'some' people, but inherent in us. Your list of challenges are very real, no doubt, but everything begins in the inner world in seed form, before manifesting on the other plane.

The Law of Cause and Effect affects us and it is an endless cycle. Again, whether we call it the 7 deadly sins of the West of the 5 cardinal vices of Yoga, it is the transformation of our own nature, which cleans the mirror, not the other way around.

I'll stop here, but hope this makes sense. Surrendering to the Inner Pilot ... the Way of the Heart, is the answer to ALL life's problems.

However, we are at different places on this sojourning (Journey), and perhaps your lovely article will serve some good souls. Om Shanti!

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 23, 2021:

Thank you for your comment, Liz

I appreciate you for sharing your thoughts

Kind regards and blessings

Liz Westwood from UK on February 23, 2021:

You outline interesting reasons for a negative outlook on life. In the UK we often use the term 'cup half empty' to describe people who focus on what is missing in their lives. Conversely 'cup half full' is used for those who look for the positives in their lives.