Pessimistic teens have a hard time. They are more likely to develop depression, eating disorders, and general malaise. This type of attitude can negatively affect teens for the rest of their lives, if they are not careful. Pessimism is a habit, like any other habit. Therefore, with a little effort, teens can change these attitudes. However, if you are a pessimistic teenager, these words may not really resonate with you. Instead, you’ll want to know more about pessimism. So, I’ll try to please here, but not without your precautions.
In the following, I will describe some of the reasons why being a pessimist is not recommended for a truly fulfilling and happy life. I’m sure you can relate to some of these reasons if you are pessimistic.
1. Pessimists are always hypercritical of themselves and others. Still, adolescence can be a hypercritical time. However, if you are pessimistic, you are very critical of everything and everyone. You look for things to be bad and bad. And chances are, this attitude can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy because such an attitude can taint every experience you have.
2. Pessimists always find fault with everything and everyone. Pessimists cannot look at anyone neutrally and not think that something is wrong with the person or situation. This can really hurt a teenager’s overall attitude and can infect every one of her experiences.
3. Sometimes pessimists look for reasons to feel bad. Pessimism is like a foul stench in many ways. Once you understand it, it is difficult to get rid of it. There is something really terrible about looking for the bad and the wrong in everything. Most things are just neutral. And when you look for the negative in everything, you tend to exaggerate everything in favor of that negative emotion, poisoning even the best of experiences. This can cause a lot of unhappiness.
4. Pessimists have a hard time enjoying anything, even things under their control. Pessimists don’t think they should enjoy anything. In the first place, they are not used to seeing the good and positive in anything. But secondly, they will find something wrong with even the most pleasant experiences. This can really put a damper on any kind of happiness you may feel. Life should be to enjoy, not to criticize. Most situations and individuals are just the way they are. When you realize this, you will be able to enjoy things much more fully without trying to criticize or deny anything. You will simply appreciate what is in front of you. When you do, you will know that you have conquered pessimism. Only then can life return to its wonderful and precious state.