Pessimism/optimism

  • Pessimism/optimism

  • Anonymous

    Member
    February 28, 2021 at 01:41

    There is more to the notion that your philosophy is tied to your mental well-being than just the idea that pessimism is worse for your mental health than optimism. For instance, which philosophical outlook is more grounded in reality, pessimism or optimism? And which way does the causality lie? Does depression result in pessimism, or do pessimistic tendencies result in depression? Is the causality even one way? Could not pessimism and mental health issues such as depression interact in a cycle, with vicious downward spiralling effects?

  • Doctor Anna

    Organizer
    February 28, 2021 at 10:18

    But are you sure pessimism and depression are linked like this. There have been a flood of psychological studies over the past years showing a link between, so-called, “toxic positivism” and depression.

    In short:
    When you deny or avoid unpleasant emotions, you make them bigger. Avoiding negative emotions reinforces this idea: Because you avoid feeling them, you tell yourself that you don’t need to pay attention to them. While you are trapped in this cycle, these emotions become bigger and more significant as they remain unprocessed. But this approach is simply unsustainable. Evolutionarily, we as humans cannot program ourselves to only feel happy.”

    Basically, don’t wallow in negativity, but also don’t deny negative emotions as feeling them means we stand a chance to learn to deal with them.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-man-cave/201908/toxic-positivity-dont-always-look-the-bright-side

    • Vivienne Hollis

      Member
      March 30, 2021 at 01:27

      “Toxic positivism” – This makes me think of when people always post those inspirational posts/ memes on social media. Day, after day, after day, after day… You just get the feeling that there is a constant searching going on, rather than an ability to just let the feelings be or *deal with the root cause (*if necessary – sometimes it’s actually not necessary, context is everything). People escaping out of themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Member
    February 28, 2021 at 10:30

    Well, I would say there’s a difference between positivity and optimism.

    • Anonymous

      Member
      February 28, 2021 at 10:35

      I could elaborate, but i am known as the lazy philosopher ?

    • Doctor Anna

      Organizer
      February 28, 2021 at 10:58

      That’s an interesting distinction I have been too lazy to ponder about. 😀

      • Anonymous

        Member
        February 28, 2021 at 11:02

        I was just pondering about how lightening works…

        Then it struck me.

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