Optimism Reaction Paper

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Optimism Reaction Paper
Rolanda Jackson
Introduction to Psychology
Capella University

When a person displays a positive psychology, he is very hopeful for the future and this is reflected in his performance whether in school or at work. As noted, his personality traits will determine his behavior or reaction (Coon and Mitterer, 2010). He does not make excuses for bad things or allow temporary setbacks to deter him, but continues to persevere (Seligman M.E.P., 2002). Upon completion of my Optimism Test, my overall score was average. I had no qualms about this because some of the situations in the questions did not happen to me, so I will assume that my results were indicative that others in my age and gender group responded likewise. Three experiences that account for my level of optimism were my decision to relocate, my experiences as a grandmother, and my divorce. These experiences may be life-altering for some, but they have not made me feel bad about the way I choose to live my life. Three years ago I decided to pack up shop and relocate to Palm Coast, Florida. The inspiration for this move had come from a group of my friends who had grown sick of life in big city Chicago. I was full of hope and promise as I accompanied my friends on the road trip down. In finding a job and making new friendships, everything was an adventure, even adjusting to the warmer climate. The weather gave new meaning to the term “raining cats and dogs,” because the menagerie of animals, especially frogs, which emerged afterward a storm was a sight to see. It was because of the variety of “new” experiences that I was undergoing that kept me optimistic. I had been there for nearly a year when I lost my job, but I wasn’t fearful I would not be able to find employment. Had it not been for my mother’s failing health, I would undoubtedly have remained in Florida. Upon my return home to care for Mom, my daughter and 2-year-old granddaughter moved in...