Wednesday, 26 November 2008

A Paradigmatic Pessimist

Psychologists - I have been told - occasionally put a glass half full of water on the desk and ask the patient to describe what they see. The pessimists are said to be those who see not the visible plenitude but the lack, calling the glass half empty.

I confess: Show me a glass that is full to the brim and overflowing and I will say: "Hah! The glass is full now, but it won't be long before it is half empty."

1 comment:

Werther said...

Neoanchorite, thanks for your response to my question. If you read my blog a little, you'll be able to see why I asked: I've been thinking about starting a PhD, but I have many doubts and misgivings. Maybe after thinking and researching the question obsessively for years I'm more prepared than most to deal with what comes, but I don't know.

I'm afraid, but people have horrid things to say about all of the paths open to me, so I'm starting to ignore it all.