Title: Unrealistic optimism and positive-negative asymmetry: A conceptual and cross-cultural study of interrelationships between optimism, pessimism, and realism
Authors: Peeters, Guido ×
Cammaert, MF
Czapinski, J #
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Psychology press
Series Title: International journal of psychology vol:32 issue:1 pages:23-34
Abstract: Using a variant of Weinstein's (1980) technique for the measurement of unrealistic optimism, subjects were classified as optimistic, realistic, or pessimistic about their chances of being confronted in the future with problems such as divorce, nervous breakdown, etc. On the basis of previous theory and research on cognition and affect, it was hypothesized that, across problems, subjects would alternate optimism with realism rather than with pessimism. Cross-cultural data obtained from 19 samples of Belgian, Moroccan, and Polish subjects not only confirmed the hypothesis but also showed high agreement about the nature of the problems that were selectively associated with optimism, realism and pessimism.
ISSN: 0020-7594
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Social and Cultural Psychology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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