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Pessimistic Lifestyle and Effects on Health

"We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect."


Pessimism is not a choice.

This life is unfair, and it sometimes requires more than just your inner thoughts to disagree. Pessimism is not just about the negative thoughts or the attitude that things will go wrong, but it is a lifestyle of defying this life and a force induced by your unruly personality and eliminating irrational expectations, some people are genetically susceptible to be more negative than others, and of course, life can be cruel, confined by its severe limits, it has its good old external factors and circumstances. A man can almost never be happy nor satisfied, at least not for too long, our desires could lead us to suffer, people strive to outreach something that they most likely know that they will never even get close to, and some people get their lucky days, but most won't, However, they still have this false sense of foundation and belief that everything will be alright, in this article I am about to delve deep into the mind of a pessimist and interconnect it with the physiology, psychology, and philosophy that lies behind it.

Pessimism and the body.

According to numerous studies concerning the effects of gloom on health, it has been linked to changes in mortality rate, nevertheless, more studies need to be conducted based on communities and their quality of life.

Pessimism could lead to cardiovascular diseases and lower immunity; it is harmful to a person’s health in so many different ways.

Pessimism and mental health.

To have a negative outlook on life can be devastating to your mental health, not always, but it most likely will, it causes stress, anxiety, and depression due to the person constantly anticipating the worst, the hesitation about whether it is harmful or not comes from the concept of defensive pessimism, it is an uncontrollable part of our behavior, for example, being nervous about a test or an interview will prepare you by contemplating different scenarios, which leads to opting out for the best course of actions, and the outcome becomes the prize.


Cynicism is a correlated concept alongside pessimism, it is the general distrust of others, and their motives, when you hardly see the good in anybody, this sort of cynical hostility is connected to an increase in interpersonal conflicts and is associated with depression.

Skepticism and Stoicism.

Pessimists tend to be skeptical, it is important to assess and have the power to reflect upon our desires, scepticism is an attitude of doubt and questioning knowledge perceived by you, whilst skepticism is not directly harmful to your health, but it is hard to live with, especially when you overthink every aspect of this life, whereas stoicism is the attitude of enduring pain without the display of feelings and without complaint, in other words, Men don’t cry, this approach is focused on emotional restraint, but unlike skepticism, stoicism is believed to encourage positive outcomes, endurance is the key, it is often sought out in cognitive behavioral therapy, so however pessimistic it is as a philosophy, it is somehow therapeutic.


Nihilism is also a part of the negative pessimism, the belief that there's no actual meaning to our lives whatsoever and that this universe is irrational, and human beings are driven by a false sense of existence, living both a constructive and deconstructive life, also as Arthur Schopenhauer states "one should accept that everything changes and decays," and that death is inevitable, he empathizes that everything is meaningless and that only our temporary wills or desires pushes us forward, but even when we achieve something, it doesn’t bring us the happiness they expected, Simply pointless.

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As strange as it may sound, Nihilism could be associated with both schizophrenia and Cotard’s syndrome, with delusions and the beliefs that one does not exist, an extreme existential experience driven by the sense of nothingness.


As mentioned above, Pessimistic views on life can affect your mental and physical health, and it can also be an indicator of more far-reaching problems. Although it is an intriguing philosophical subject, with far more aspects to be studied, it is prevalent as a concept amongst thinkers, thinkers who believe that the world does not have more to offer and that one should cease happiness. In the end, one must conclude that pessimists are less healthy than optimists.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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