Neurotic Pessimism

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A pair of Sigmund Freud's glasses and pen on view at the Library of Congress in Washington in 1998.

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Distinguished Neurotic Pessimism from Rational Pessimism.

Neurotic pessimism is distinguished by pervasive and indiscriminate negativity. It is dramatized and destructive. Preoccupied with past times, viewing them "with rose colored glasses" and disinterest in present and future.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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