Based on research from the University of Cincinnati
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati developed an instrument for the assessment of optimism and pessimism. Optimism can be described as an overall hopeful disposition, while pessimism is an expectation that bad things will happen. Scientific evidence suggests that optimism is related to overall resilience and well-being, while pessimism is sometimes correlated with anxiety.
Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have optimistic or pessimistic tendencies. Please read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you.
Question 1 of 20
I often expect that the worst thing that could happen will in fact happen.
The IDRlabs Optimism/Pessimism Test (IDR-OPT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-OPT is based on the Optimism/Pessimism Instrument (OPI) developed by Dr. William Dember, Dr. Stephanie Martin, Dr. Mary Hummer, Dr. Steven Howe, and Dr. Richard Melton. The IDR-OPT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychology or any affiliated research institutions.
The IDRlabs Optimism/Pessimism Test was informed by the OPI’s criteria for optimism and pessimism as published in Dember, Martin, Hummer, Howe, and Melton (1989) The measurement of optimism and pessimism. Current Psychological Research and Reviews, 8, 109-119. While there is a tendency to create a divisive binary with optimism (positive bias) on one side and pessimism (negative bias) on the other, researchers posit that the two constructs are not really opposites and that there is more interrelatedness than previously thought.
The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Optimism/Pessimism Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions. The Optimism/Pessimism Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of optimism and pessimism. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your personality. A definitive personality or mental attitude assessment can be made only by a qualified professional.
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