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Negative thinking is better then positive thinking
Negative thinking is better then positive thinking
I was watching a TED Talk this came up about happiness. Negative thinking is better than Positive thinking because if you always think it's all going to shit and it is not happening but it works out and works well your pleasantly surprised and feel overall better but it you think positively about something and it crashes and burns spectacularly you feel more disappointed and worst of over all. So would they would be better off if you did not have high hope but try your best and be pleasantly surprise then have high hopes and try your best be disappointed? Also it would make that achievement taste even sweeter if it does way better than you hoped?
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful" - Edward Gibbon (Offen misattributed to Lucius Annaeus Seneca or Seneca the Younger) (Thanks to apophenia for the correction)
'I am driven by two main philosophies:
Know more about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you' - Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain
RE: Negative thinking is better then positive thinking

I think this ignores a great deal of what we actually know about human psychology. Your modeling of human behavior is what I would call "Aristotlean," in that you ascribe energies and impetus to mental objects, and try to make sense of human behavior by constructing a "physics of thought." Unfortunately, such idealizations distort some very important aspects of human psychology, and, even when they say something that correlates with actual behavior, should be regarded as little more than "useful myths."

RE: Negative thinking is better then positive thinking
Optimists are just pessimists who aren't paying attention to what's going on.
RE: Negative thinking is better then positive thinking
Just because you know something is going to disappoint you doesn't always make it completely better, an optimist might be brought down but still continue to think that something better might happen, where as thinking for the worst you could end up assuming that things will get worse which kinda puts you down a bad road.
~ Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day, give a man a religion and he'll die praying for a fish.
RE: Negative thinking is better then positive thinking
Happiness is ten percent reality and ninety percent perception. Those who believe they are happy are fooling themselves into that emotional state and those who are more pessimistic are the ones who are more realistically grounded.
“The man who can't visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot.”
~ André Breton
RE: Negative thinking is better then positive thinking
Good news for negative thinkers! Well..., it would be, were they not negative thinkers who would manage to turn this into a negative.
Nemo me impune lacessit.
RE: Negative thinking is better then positive thinking
I like to think of myself as a "realist". It may sometimes be construed as pessimism, negativity but I would rather "plan for the worst and hope for the best" knowing full well that anything can happen.
"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5

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