2016/03/22 09:20:21
Can being positive backfire?
      Optimism provides a multitude of benefits across many facets of life. Researchers have linked looking on the bright side to everything from improved pain tolerance to increased longevity. There’s nodenying the incredible power an optimistic outlook can have on our health, relationships, and performance. But like much in life, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. There are some cases when an overly optimistic outlook can do more harm than good.
      Suppose there is an online discussion forum on the topic “Can being positive backfire?” Write a post to the forum, clearly stating your opinion and supporting your ideas with specific reasons and examples. You should write about 800 words.
      读到议论文的中心词“positive”后,就知道该文章要采用辩证的手法议论“positive”的好处和“overly positive”适得其反的效果。
      When referring to the word "positive", another word "negative" is habitually to come across people's mind. It is often without comparison, people will think highly of the former one and shows an unfavorable attitude to the latter one. In daily lives, it can be seen taht it is habitual for people to be in favor of positive words. Because they can be an encouragement for them, positive things, which can give an impetus to them, and positive people, who always serve as the idol for them to learn from--whose attitudes towards life, encouraging words for consolation, and their ways of interacting with people around them, etc. However, the question is, to the core, does all the things or people correlating with the word positive must bear the fruit of success or of the wonderful result? As far as I am concerned, it cannot be judged too absolute. To be inclined to the the word "positive" or "oppotimism" without hesitation would be too provincial, as the philosophy tells us we should have a dialetical mind.
Firstly, negativism, indeed, is a disturbance to people, which would make people feel discouraged, dismayed and inactive. Generally, people shane away with all the things which were negative. It has an experiment shows that with the factory painted in gray, black, and brown, workers who are surrounded in such a negative-hinted environment shows more inactivity and more inclination to suicide for the dull and dreary job which compels them to do day after day, campared with the workers in a brilliant painted factory which was decorated with red, yellow, or pink colors. That is, it can reach the conclusion that people indeed are possobily to be influenced by the negative hint, which as a result occurs people's unfavorable opinion, and on the contrary people are customary to be in favor of the postive colors. Therefore, just from this simple experiment, positive things truly outperform that of the negativism, so on the one hand oppotimism has its benefits, which cannot be denied, but the essence is, it should be kept in a moderate level, beyond which might get the reverse influence.
      Several examples can be illustrated to reflect the hazards of over-positive attitudes. Guan Yu, a famous soldier of Shu State in period of Three Kindoms in the Chinese history, who enjoyed the fame of great martial art and gallantry, was supposed to be the best commander in chief to guard the Jinzhou town against the attack from the enemy; however, he lost the conquer of it because its over positive attitude--to devalue the enemy's power, which turned out to be egoism that resulted in the failure. And during the course of the Chinese People's War against Japenese Aggression, Japenese troops overvalued their power to conquer China's vast territory within 3 months, which, however, turned to be a unrealistic dream to conolize China and which also became a joke left in the history.
      On the contrary, to control the oppotimism within a moderate level can be a supplement to the succeess. For instance, people with moderately positive attitudes towards challenge they face can on the one hand, make them have the courage to solve it through their painstaking efforts; on the other hand, worries and anxiety to a certain degree coming from the uncertainties they may face, can also be transformed as the motivation and inspiration for them to persist and carry on. Besides, people with moderate oppotimism are more welcome by the surrounded people, because they have confidence, but are never too proud; they have determination, but are never tyrant, which can add to their charm when people interact with or cooperate with them. It can be seen from the TV programs of challenging or competing games that those who are too oppotimistic are tend to overvalue themselves but to devalue their opponents, which always meet with the failure. Besides, just imagine, who like to cope with the people who have unrealistic oppotimism toward things by doing nothing and boasting the perfect result which cannot be achived at all.
      All in all, endowing with the optimistic attitude towards life and work is a great thing to make one more oppotimistic about his future and add up his confidence to face the unexpected difficulties, to make one more charmy and easy to get on with, and make one have more sense to introspect and have an overall evaluation of oneself which can definitely increase the possibility of their success. Consequently, it is better to observe the rule of moderate, so people with positive attitude should be kept in a moderate level, because only through that way can their oppotimism exert its potential great influence.