March 31, 2015 11:48 PM
Pessimism and Anxiety Can Improve Performance
Most people seek to project an upbeat, confident attitude on the job. But sometimes it is better to be a worrywart.
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March 31, 2015 11:56 PM
Something positive about negative people. It is about time. Now when people call me a curmudgeon, I will provide a copy of this article.
March 31, 2015 11:55 PM
Phooey. I'm retiring.
March 31, 2015 11:54 PM
Spend a few days with cops, emergency room physicians, insurance adjusters, and attorneys, and you'll adopt a new viewpoint on life.Hobbes was right. Life is nasty, brutish, and short. The new revelation is that trial lawyers are lurking and waiting to blame you for some legal liability and take every dime you've got.
One of the things I seek in my life is balance: balance between work, play and home / social life; balance between being confident versus being worried and so on. So this article does not seem to be saying anything really new to me.
March 31, 2015 11:53 PM
Sorry, but this doesn't sound like new / groundbreaking research. For decades (maybe longer, I can only go by my limited personal experience), management has been expected to find the balance between optimism / confidence and pessimism / worrying. The proverbial (use of the word proverbial implies the historical context here!) "Plan for the best, prepare for the worst."
March 31, 2015 11:52 PM
"Pessimism and Anxiety Can Improve Performance" - OK, so it is good for business what is bad for your health. Conclusion: Your job, that probably produces nothing tangible, is literally killing you (especially if you are an attorney, you produce nothing but hatred). Oh Joy!
I was worried about this. :)
The word “worry” is itself negative. This article feels like something written to fill a copy hole.
For a longer discussion of the psychology research leading to this article, and further implications of adaptive or defensive pessimism in all aspects of work and life, see the book by Professor Julie Norem -- The Positive Power of Negative Thinking.
March 31, 2015 11:51 PM
Read my books... FocuStrategy - BN, Amazon, etc... it's all about this stuff. Everyone is different and deals with the stresses of work differently based on their experiences and personality. Driving yourself and navigating through the office politics will dictate your professional growth. With regard to confidence and worry/anxiety... it's unfair out there for sure. Many times a know nothing with a big mouth will move up while a quiet smarter one becomes stagnant. Who's fault? Well, no doubt a know nothing big mouth identifies with the other and promotes. But, mostly it's a managers inability to identify key employees. It takes a smart person to know where someone will excel, hence be productive and add value - and plug them in there. Anyway, remember this; it's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're an idiot, than to open your mouth and confirm it.
Interesting article, but I think it's possible to be an optimistic worrier (since I am one!) Many of the examples make me think more about emotional intelligence (especially self awareness) rather than "worriness" or pessimism/optimism.
March 31, 2015 11:50 PM
"What - Me Worry?"
March 31, 2015 11:49 PM
Some of the most confident people I have met have been some of the dumbest.Thus the phrase, better to have more b*lls than brains.
March 31, 2015 11:48 PM
So, "don't worry, be happy" is not good advice ?