The Lucas Rockwood Show

Happy Pessimist
with Mattias Lundberg


Has your life been turned upside down in 2020? How are you feeling? Positive thinking and optimism are often considered one and the same, but you can be simultaneously positive and pessimistic - and it might be the smartest way to plan for 2021. You can gameplay the worst case scenario with a smile, prepare for the worst, and set yourself up to be pleasantly surprised.

On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet a psychologist and author whose work focuses on the possessive,  productive value of pessimism in certain situations. 

Listen & Learn:   

  • How negative thinking can help you with preparedness
  • When optimism is becomes avoidance 
  • Adaptive vs. non-adaptive responses   
  • How to be positive but pessimistic at the same time

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Mattias Lundberg is a Licensed Psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology at Umeå University. He is also an author and has published eight books. Mattias is known for his ability to explain complex psychological questions in an easy and often entertaining way. 

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