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Recall the last time you failed or did not do well at something. What kind of explanation did you offer for your failure? Was this explanation pessimistic or optimistic? Explain. How did your explanation affect your mood or feelings?

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When a person fails or does not do well at something, he or she might explain his failure in a pessimistic or optimistic way. If they believe their every failure is devastating, horrible, this might develop into hopelessness and belief they have no control over their lives. This might develop into depression. If they consider their mistakes as a chance to do better, to improve and think of them as motivation to work harder, this positive view might actually lead to trying harder and coming up with a great solution to a problem.

The explanation might affect his or hers mood or feelings by making a person who considers his every mistake catastrophic feel devastated, hopeless and might lead to depression and a person who considers his or hers mistakes as a chance to do better feel more and more motivated.

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