Optimistic Pessimist

I like to consider myself a realist, personally. However, when it comes right down to it, I see myself as an optimistic pessimist. I have the tendency to see the worst possibilities in many situations, but I also typically want to see the best in people. This is where the distinction exists. I rarely see the bad in others (with the exception of trust…I rarely trust people), but I always see the bad in possible situations. I want to prepare myself in case things do not go my way…

On another note, I added film and literature pages. These discuss movies and books that I’ve found to fit in with a social work mindset and the work that we do. Check them out. Let me know if there are any others I should look into. While it will be a while before I can look into book suggestions (thank you, grad school), I do work in a video store and will be able to get on any movie suggestions pretty quickly 🙂


2 responses to “Optimistic Pessimist

  1. I can totally relate with the whole believing in the goodness of people, but when asked to let your guard down and trust the son of a bitch, I too run screaming in the other direction. What is this?! It needs to be remedied ASAP.

    Also – as for movie suggestions. There’s this really great french film called The Class (Entre les Murs) that I actually saw in Paris while studying there, and it’s all about teaching in the inner city school district and the relationship between the teacher and his students. Not exactly social work per se, but worth looking into regardless : )

    • I have heard of that one but have yet to check it out. I will definitely have to do so soon. Also, a lot of the films I feel relate to social work aren’t really about social work, at least not blatantly. Anything having to do with REAL people (not something romantic comedy-esque) at least somewhat relates :o)

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