How to Maintain Optimism in the Face of Reality

This was of personal (and professional) interest to me given that the last several days I wasn’t feeling very optimistic.  Seems my brain’s left inferior frontal gyrus was not gyrating.

P.s.  Be patient while the video loads.  If you don’t like what Tali says you will like how she looks (certainly not like a stereo-type neuroscientist).

“Optimism bias is the belief that the future will be better, much better, than the past or present. And most of us display this bias. Neuroscientist Tali Sharot wants to know why: What is it about our brains that makes us overestimate the positive? She explores the question in her book The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain.
In the book (and a 2011 TIME magazine cover story), she reviewed findings from both social science and neuroscience that point to an interesting conclusion: “our brains aren’t just stamped by the past. They are constantly being shaped by the future.”

In her own work, she’s interested in how our natural optimism actually shapes what we remember, and her interesting range of papers encompasses behavioral research (how likely we are to misremember major events) as well as medical findings — like searching for the places in the brain where optimism lives. Sharot is a faculty member of the Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences at University College London.”

4 thoughts on “How to Maintain Optimism in the Face of Reality

  1. I have to be optimistic….after all, as my doctor says to me often….I need a break! So I believe it will get better. maybe not a lot better, but better. And every day I feel well enough I try to make the most of it, trying to fulfill that optimistic viewpoint.


  2. I listened to the first 2 minutes and I’m the opposite, overestimating the negative, underestimating the positive. By the way, I wrote you e-mail BEFORE I SAW THIS POST. I think we really have some cosmic connection. Interesting. S. Freud


  3. Hi Judy, I listened to every word she said..and yes she looks good.. and gave her a
    TALI.. in Hindi it means… Clapping… a beautiful talk here.. yes, balance needs to be created..and backup plans made, but then the truth is that because I hope for an optimistic future ,I have to ensure too that it happens..therefore I work for it to make it happen..that’s how perhpas the optimistic bias makes present a bit more productive.. I for one am trying to weave the raiment of my life with new threads and new colours at a new place. I try to use bright colours..and obviously the raiment will come out bright unless something unforseen happens.. but then that’s fine.. if I could forsee everything I would be God. which I am not.. but then I would like to be optimistic..or else what happens to the dreams..Thanks you Judy for this treat..loved it..Hope all is well..


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