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Ditch the negativity: Lessons from pessimists, and how to avoid being one

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Anxiety management

Negative people expect worst-case scenarios. They typically ruminate on imagined situations like: "This presentation is going to end in disaster. I'll be out of a job!" Yet, quite often, in spite of their doom and gloom, they are a huge hit. So how do they do it?

"When you expect the worst, you diffuse the emotional power it has over you. You say to yourself: 'It can only go up from here,'" says Professor Julie Norem, author of The Positive Power of Negative Thinking.

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