Are you a Brexit optimist or a pessimist

Jens Weidner vs. Matthias NöllkeThe Power of Confidence - Does Optimism Help?

The turn of the year is a good time for optimists: they give away lucky pigs, believe in the good resolutions they have made and look forward to another year that will definitely be better than the old one. Maybe not in Germany, which is, the statistics tell us, full of pessimists.

Which in 2017 had a fantastic run with Brexit, Trump and the prospect of another GroKo! It's still going to get worse, as we can see. As we jump into the new year, we ask: Does optimism help?

This is what Jens Weidner, educational scientist, lecturer, board member in the business club of optimists, author of the book "Optimism. Why some get further than others" argue. And Matthias Nöllke, an avowed pessimist and author of the book "The good-humored pessimist".

The optimist believes in the future, including those he does not yet know. This helps him to be successful, says Jens Weidner in his statement PRO Optimism:

"There are five types of optimism, four of which are vastly superior to any pessimist when it comes to joie de vivre, and one, we call him the" best-of-optimist ", is even a real success factor. Best-of-optimists love the praise -Culture, they not only praise themselves, they also praise others. Scientifically, we then speak of the "above-average-effect", and there is something wonderful about it, namely: "I am to blame for success, and it is the others to blame for failure. "Every optimist knows that this is a positive self-deception, of course, but this self-deception has fantastic consequences. It leads to stable health, better job performance and, according to Martin Seligman, former President of the American Society of Psychology, a longer lifespan of 19%! Of course, that makes me very optimistic again. And this ability to look positively into the future is based on the art of small steps, even when I feel bad , I see how things could go on in a positive way, and in the end I see this goal, which is beautiful and as warm as the sun. "

The pessimist basically expects the worst, but is also better able to cope with large and small crises. He's a realist. Here is Matthias Nöllke's CONTRA position:

"The question is, of course, who does optimism help, and for what or against what does it help? At first, optimism makes you feel good, that is something, but not always a good thing. Especially not when things don't go so smoothly , which is almost always the case. The optimists don't care, everything is fine for them, but we, the pessimists, suffer from it and try to learn and actually have to pay for it. Pessimists are "optimists with experience", it is said not without reason. When real optimists have their fingers in the game, things reliably go wrong, they have expelled their self-doubts and concerns beforehand. But self-doubts and concerns are almost always useful, even if they don't feel so pleasant. But the optimists don't want to burden themselves further with this, they want to act as if that were already something positive, but of course it isn't to overestimate oneself. If pessimists had planned the Berlin airport, it would have been in operation long ago or not even built. We would have been spared the financial crisis as much as Donald Trump had the pessimists in charge. But they don't, despite all rumors. "