Becoming pessimistic after trauma is understandable. Trauma tends to test every resource, and can result in clinical depression, anxiety and a general feeling of being unsafe. Pessimism becomes a protective measure that buffers vulnerability.
But like any defense mechanism used excessively, negative attitudes tend to impede us from attaining what we want most. Fortunately, optimism can be learned and replace pessimism. Continue reading →
A friend sent me a link to an article in Time magazine, The Optimism Bias by Tali Sharot. The article, based on the book by the same name, discusses how people tend to be more optimistic than realistic about their personal futures. In matters of health, finances, and success, people tend to expect things to work out in their favor over the long run.
However, this is often not the case for people who have been traumatized. Having had their lives fatally threatened or witnessed the life of another threatened or taken, hope can be lost. Continue reading →