What Is Negative Optimism?
Just as we all tend to be led bypositive optimism at certain times, believing that we can achievesomething, hoping for the best no matter what happens and living thelife to the fullest, this being for the best, sometimes, we tend touse this optimism wrongly.
Namely, we should be optimistic towardpositive things since optimism is all about progress andperseverance. However, if you believe that somethings bad will nothappen even if you are indirectly causing it, then you have a problemwith negative optimism. For example, if you smoke two packs ofcigarettes a day and you are hoping that you will not get ill fromyour bad habit, without doing anything to stop it, you are beingquite counter-productive. Also, if you are practicing unprotected sexwith multiple partners and are hoping that you will not end up withsexually transmitted diseases, you are likely to be gravely mistakensince you are doing everything in favor of the negative thing you areusing the optimism against.
Therefore, this kind of optimism isused wrongly and it does not help the person who uses it. Rather, itcreates an illusion and gives false hope, being useless. Thus, oneneeds to be realistic when dealing with life's problems and refuse tobelieve that a mere belief can keep him/her safe from harm, eventhough he/she hypocritically indulges into that same harm over andover again.
Everything Will NOT Be OK
There are consequences to every kind ofwrongdoing and people should be aware of this fact. Therefore, ifyou drink you should not even think of driving. However, many people,especially younger ones, do quite the opposite, thinking that nothingbad can happen. Unfortunately, it doeshappen often and people lose lives every day because of driving under theinfluence.
The same is with smoking. Many studentsstart smoking cigarettes for stress relief, social blending or other similar reasons. Nevertheless, they always believe that they can quitwhenever they feel like it. However, they cannot and usually end up getting addicted to smoking cigarettes, being potential victims of many illnessesrelated to this bad habit, some being terminal.
Be careful. Use optimismwisely, for motivation when you are being creative, productive andare indulging into positive things. Avoid motivating yourself towardsignoring the threats of your wrongdoings since this can be extremelydangerous in the long run.