I am not an optimist

“I am not an optimist. I am a very serious possibilist.”  I have long admired optimists because I am most definitely not one. I love the idea of being optimistic, but the mindset is so foreign to me. It doesn’t quite feel like that mindset leaves a place to incorporate my natural worries and observations. But Hans Rosling’s concept of possibilist? That feels entirely, well, possible for me to adopt. He explains it in #Factfulness like this, “It means someone who neither hopes without reason, nor fears without reason, someone who constantly resists the overdramatic worldview. As a possibilist, I see all this progress, and it fills me with conviction and hope that further progress is possible. This is not optimistic. It is having a clear and reasonable idea about how things are. It is having a worldview that is constructive and useful.” 💛⁣

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i am not an optimist I am a very serious possibilist

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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