Embrace Your Coping Style

Embrace Your Coping Style

Not everyone can put on a happy face.  Looking on the bright side isn’t possible for some people and is even counterproductive. Expecting others to deal in a way that doesn’t fit, just makes them feel like a failure on top of already feeling bad. The one size fits all approach to managing emotional life is misguided.  There is good to be found in unlikely places.  Defensive pessimism anxious people experience can often be harnessed to get things done.  A naturally pessimistic architect, for example, who sets low expectations for a presentation may review all the potential bad outcomes as a way prepare carefully, thus increasing chances for success!

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