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Working with Difficult People, 2nd Edition by Kathleen Lundin, William Lundin, Michael Singer Dobson

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CHAPTER 11

PESSIMISTIC

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“Do you know what a pessimist is? A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”

—George Bernard Shaw

In the movies the pessimist always gets a big laugh, but if you work with someone full of doom and gloom, you're probably not laughing. The pessimist demands your time, drains your energy, and clouds your critical judgment. Why the difference between the pessimist in the arts and literature and in real life? Why do these people who expect the worst to happen, who cry when others laugh, and who search for the dark side strike our funny bone? One reason is that we feel pessimists can't hurt us. ...

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