Glass Half Empty?
Dr. Jeffery Rossman has identified two different forms of pessimism. Defensive, which involves the ability to scrutinize a scenario, and dispositional which is a continually negative outlook. When the subject of pessimism arises people are quick to jump to the latter. Dispositional pessimism has sullied the name of pessimists everywhere.
Let's take a job interview as an example. The defensive pessimist is riddled with worry. They want this job just as desperately as everyone else but have arranged for their interview a lot more. Their tendency to over analyze and obsess over details makes them. The optimists in the waiting room simply rolled out of bed that morning and ironed their pantsuits. Possibly listened to The Beatles on the drive there. Our defensive pessimist drove over in silence mulling over how they would walk in and how many times they'd shake the interviewer's hand. Two or three? Which is right? Can someone please explain this to me?