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optimism

1. the doctrine of the ultimate triumph of good over evil
2. the philosophical doctrine that this is the best of all possible worlds

Optimism

See also Hope.
Bontemps, Roger
personification of cheery contentment. [Fr. Lit.: “Roger Bontemps” in Walsh Modern, 66]
Candide
beset by inconceivable misfortunes, hero indifferently shrugs them off. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
Micawber, Mr.
sanguine gentleman, constantly “waiting for something to turn up.” [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield
Pangloss, Dr.
Candide’s incurably optimistic tutor. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
Pollyanna
always finds something to be glad about. [Am. Lit.: Pollyanna; Am. Cinema: Pollyanna in Disney Films, 170–172]

optimism

What a programmer is full of after fixing the last bug and just before actually discovering the *next* last bug. Fred Brooks's book "The Mythical Man-Month" contains the following paragraph that describes this extremely well.

All programmers are optimists. Perhaps this modern sorcery especially attracts those who believe in happy endings and fairy god-mothers. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists. But however the selection process works, the result is indisputable: "This time it will surely run," or "I just found the last bug.".

See also Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology.
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The questions for the LOT-R include ten items used to measure the level of optimism and/or pessimism in individuals.
(1986), and the LOT-R scale, a modified instrument was developed to retrieve the perceptions of the individual group members--specifically, the perceived optimism level of the group.
It is expressed in Figure 1 that members of a group can contribute to individual levels of optimism or pessimism and perceive a level of optimism or pessimism.
1986) and the newly modified instrument (PGOT--perceived group optimism test) (both shown in appendix A) at the end of all the exercises.
While individual members contribute their personal traits of optimism, or pessimism, to a group, the group itself collectively assimilates the traits and then portrays these traits.
By definition, pessimism is synonymous with negativity, doubt, distrust, cynicism, or lack of optimism. When individuals display these attributes, they are categorised as pessimistic regarding the subject matter.
The OPS and LOT measures have been used extensively in the stated fields of study, specifically for individual measurements of optimism or pessimism.
Significant statistical results suggest that the perception of a group's optimism is a suitable indicator in measuring a group's optimism.
The forces of optimism that certain organisations experience seem to have a relationship to performance.
The teams' own conceptualisations of pessimism or optimism seemed to have a dramatic impact on whether a team was successful or not.
This paper argues that both managerial perception and group's optimism is significant to the levels of employee optimism.
However, these personality tests do not specifically ascertain optimism as a factor in considering an employee as a valuable asset.