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Daily Prompt

E 05-05

The answer is Yes!  The glass is half empty, it is also half full.  I think of this as a trick question.  🙂  Nothing to do with pessimism or optimism, just realism.  😀

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  1. I agree that when we take a moment to think about a glass that is half full/half empty, we understand that it is a changeable reality: we see that we can add more or take away what’s there without considering whether our choice is optimistic or pessimistic.

    But at the same time, I think the psychological proposition that whether you initially see the glass as half empty or half full indicates your tendency to be a pessimist or an optimist, is about more than just one glass. It’s an indication of the observer’s habitual approach to whatever they encounter — either they see what is lacking or what is present — a negative view or a positive one — traits that have been shown to be present in the personalities of either a pessimist or an optimist.

    So maybe it’s not so much a trick question as it is the very short hand expression of psychological research that we, the non-psychologists have appropriated for simplified daily use. It lacks subtlety, but it isn’t completely wrong. ❤

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    1. I understand what you’re saying – perhaps it can be a tool – I like your use of “short hand” – but what about asking instead, “How does this level of water in the glass make you feel?” There are so many variables! It could be a HUGE glass, and maybe it being half empty means a good thing, like I was so full from that delicious dinner I could only drink half the glass of water. You know? It just seems so unfair to me to label someone pessimist or optimist based on a glass of water. 🙂 ❤

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        1. LOL *blush* Guilty! I don’t know how well that may or may not speak of me, but as someone who has been unfairly judged based on silly/irrelevant things, I suppose I tend to get a little uppity on things like that. 🙂 Thank you for being so patient with me. ❤

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