Positively Pessimistic

Jeff found an article in the Atlantic that posits that a certain type of negative thinking, called defensive pessimism, might actually be more conducive to productivity and well-being than thinking positively. Anthony, of course, is all over this idea, and calls it pragmatic. Could expecting the worst actually be beneficial? What about if you’re seven years old?

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Article: [http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/dont-think-positively/379993/](http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/dont-think-positively/379993/)

Jeff found an article in the Atlantic that posits that a certain type of negative thinking, called defensive pessimism, might actually be more conducive to productivity and well-being than thinking positively.  Anthony, of course, is all over this idea, and calls it pragmatic.  Could expecting the worst actually be beneficial?  What about if you’re seven years old?

 

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Jeff on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/jeffcannata

Anthony on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/acarboni

 

This show is entirely listener supported. See how you can help on our Patreon page:  http://patreon.com/wehaveconcerns

 

Article:  http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/dont-think-positively/379993/

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