Is Britain a nation of optimists or pessimists – a new report may surprise you – but that obviously depends on your point of view!
A few choice snippets from the Executive Summary …
Britain is an optimistic nation – 21% of people see themselves as being generally optimistic with a further 54% being generally optimistic but also feeling pessimistic about some things
British optimism – a large proportion of poll respondents also agreed that Britishness was characterised by a pessimistic ‘mustn’t grumble’ attitude and … to play down achievements and to engage in rather self-deprecating behaviours.
Optimists attract – Over 50% preferred the company of optimists compared with a mere 3% who were more attracted to pessimists
The role of the media – 53% of poll participants agreeing with the statement ‘I think that TV and newspapers encourage me to have a more negative outlook on life’.
The SIRC Optimism Spectrum
- Realist (24%): I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic, but simply realistic about the good and bad things in my life
- Concrete optimist (19%): I am optimistic, but I am realistic about the possible outcomes of events
- Cautious optimist (18%): I am optimistic, but I am careful not to be complacent about my good fortune
- Situational optimist (15%): My levels of optimism/pessimism change from situation to situation
- Fatalist (6%): I accept that essentially I can’t change what’s going to happen to me, whether it’s good or bad
- Individualist (3%): I believe that essentially I have control over what’s going to happen to me, whether it’s good or bad
- Pessimist (3%): I am generally pessimistic, whatever the circumstances
- Contagious optimist (2%): I am always optimistic, and my optimism spreads to those around me
- Unabashed optimist (2%): I am always very optimistic, whatever the circumstances
But why the picture of dice at the top of the page? Well the research was commissioned by the National Lottery – perhaps they are trying to see if we would like to play the lottery more.