“Don’t think of yourself as an ugly person, think of yourself as a beautiful monkey.”
Optimistic people are those who make lemonade out of lemons that are thrown at them. It is a quality that helps maintain the mental as well as physical health of a person.
An optimist views any situation from a positive perspective. It creates hope and confidence in them which helps him move ahead on rough roads.
An optimistic person is confident enough to face anything because he/she tries to feel positive even if things don’t work out in their favor. This helps them to keep going at any given point, unlike someone who thinks negatively.
Optimism can also be a kind of resilience that one develops in order to ease themselves out. This might bring temporary relief to them but practically they are just running away from facing the odds of the circumstances.
There are times when a person faces circumstances in which he/she is not in position to understand things. In such times, such individuals can either go into depression or they might choose to pass the phase in a manner that allows them to “feel” happy. They use such defense mechanisms which nullifies the effect of the stress they are facing.
For people who are not being able to deal with something in a positive manner, self-help techniques, meditation, spirituality etc., were some ways to create a positive feeling in them.
There is a shadow side to almost every positive thing we can do for ourselves, including spiritual practice. It is referred to as “spiritual-bypass” in an article published by Ingrid Mathieu. This can be a defense mechanism that one uses to run away from the pains of the present situation. This won’t really solve their issues at hand, instead it will be an accumulation of the issues to face later.
In a way, choosing to be positive is better than choosing to go in depression.
Being optimistic isn’t wrong but if there’s no practicality about it, it isn’t something that will help us to progress.
Optimism can be seen in the “t” crossbar. It moves upwards.
Neha Rathod is a Psychologist, specializing in Industrial and Clinical Psychology. She is a Graphologist and counselor at CPAG.
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