NPR logo
The Value of Defensive Pessimism
Only Available in Archive Formats.
The Value of Defensive Pessimism

The Value of Defensive Pessimism

The Value of Defensive Pessimism
Only Available in Archive Formats.

You've heard the cliches of positive thinking: "It takes more muscles to frown than smile." The glass is half-full, not half empty." And, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all." Optimism has its supporters, but who's speaking up for pessimists? Now some psychologists are. The value of "kvetching" and "defensive pessimism".

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.