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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 243
Professor
Frederick Brown
Semester
Fall

Description
Psych 9/12/12 Class 6 Optimism is a state of mind, that you are in all the time, not dependent on the circumstances. – Positive bias becomes a motivator to overcome obstacles Hope – Positive wanting or desire for an expectation (fulfillment) of getting it Characteristics and advantages of optimists – Optimism far outranks pessimism in terms of healthy outcomes – Optimists are adaptive – They rely on the experiences they've had to figure out new problems, without avoiding them (being tough-minded) – Do not pretend problems don't exist, or downplay them, or try to wish them away (being tender- minded) Humor – The ability to perceive and enjoy what is comical or funny – Physiological effects: relaxing, lowers blood pressure, enhances immune system Disadvantages of being “cool” – Usually have to expend energy to keep serious (not relaxing) – Often unhappy individuals because of a lack of trust in others – Tend to put off people with anti-social attitude (m
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