An article written by
Abraham Yousaf:

A significant piece of everybody’s self-concept is a feeling of how we contrast with others in our behaviors and practices. A typical perception is that numerous individuals are excessively hopeful or optimistic in their judgments about themselves in respect to others. For instance, by and large, individuals think they will probably be fruitful in business than others, or to be less inclined to experience the ill effects of genuine illnesses than others. Not every person can be more effective in business than others, obviously, so some individual in that example must be overly optimistic.


Mr. Abraham is working as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing Ways Lahore. He completed his degree in Psychology and Christian Studies from Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) in the year 2017. He has the experience of various places and communities as he is originally from Quetta. From a young age, he started to study and work in Lahore which gives him an edge that helps him understand different mindsets.Readmore…

Editor: Sabtain Mustafa


Excessive optimism is also known as cognitive bias which makes an individual believe that he or she is at a lower risk of going through a negative experience as compared to others. They expect the most favorable outcome for themselves. It may even cause other false beliefs to complement and compensate the primary belief. Harsh realities are ignored and the individual gets into the state of blinding optimism which can be toxic lead to severe issues.

It is almost like self-deception where even if they are presented with logical reasons to understand the seriousness of their situation they tend to ignore it. They do not want to see the negative consequences of their thoughts and their behaviors. They do not want people to be honest with them about their condition because of the undying existence of denial. In simpler words, this happens when we let emotions take control of ourselves. This impacts our rationality and therefore, we make wrong choices and take bad decisions.

Excessive optimism can make one deterministic where they think only about the positives in a situation. This can clearly make them walk in wrong directions as they do not analyze the things and ignore anything that they think is not in their favor. Another mistake that they do is that they do not have a plan B. They are so certain about their original plan that they do not even think about a second plan because they don’t see a possibility of losing. Hence, these unreal expectations do not let them scrutinize in the way that they should be.

Behavioral consequences of this optimism:

It is expected that being excessively hopeful and optimistic can have a wide range of impacts on behavior contingent upon the sort of conduct. In this post, I need to center around the impact of optimism on drinking. Amanda Dillard, Amanda Midboe, and William Klein detailed an intriguing study in the November 2009 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin in which they took after a gathering of undergrads for one and a half years.

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