An Assignment in Exemplification|
By Robert Rothamel|
Why I feel better about being a pessimist.|
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you tend to look positively on possible outcomes or events or do you take a more negative view? Most people tend to be one or the other. Some are optimistic and potentially expose themselves to disappointment, while some take a negative view to avoid being disappointed while potentially having an upside to the same outcome or event. Due to my experiences, I would have to say I tend to be pessimistic as to avoid being disappointed.
I believe one of the reasons why I lean towards being a pessimist is my upbringing around Philadelphia sports. Being a sports fan in Philadelphia usually brings plenty of disappointment. From my youth, my father would tend to lay out all the reasons why the Phillies, Flyers, or Eagles would falter and not bring the promise of a championship each team would preach at the beginning of the season. Even if the team was predicted by all the experts to finish the season by winning the division, or even the championship, my dad pointed out why the team would fall short and not give us the elation that every fan seeks. In most cases he was right, and disappointment had been averted because we already knew the outcome from his insight. Although when his prediction of disaster was wrong, and the elation we did seek came to pass, I believe it was a more potent sense of elation than it would have been had we expected it.
How I approached school also was an influence on my being a pessimist. I was an average student in elementary school. When I entered the sixth grade, I thought I would do just fine, as I had previously. A little background; the Phillies had just won the World Series the year before, and all the Philly teams were in finals; therefore, optimism was relatively high and hard to...