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Monday, February 11, 2008

Optimism suggests

Optimism suggest that we live in the best of all possible worlds, with a tendency to expect the best and see the worst of all things. By contrast pessimism expects the worst and sees the worst in all things. The pessimistic doctrine- that this world is, by its nature, corrupt and that sojourn in it is a preparation for some other existence- is, of course, religious in its source. In fact, few of the major religions are at all optimistic about the present, so it is a real bonus that any of us can remain optimistic at all.

In neurological terms optimistic, and the sense of meaning and well-being that accompanies it, is in part caused by a dampening of the activity of the amygdala in the limbic system. Pessimism, often associated with depression, anxiety and low energy, is thought to occur when the neurotransmitters of the limbic system fail to check bursts of activity in the amygdala.


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