For the definition-obsessed among us, I've provided the following web-generated definitions. I learned a couple of things-- I didn't know that the word "optimistic" had been co-opted by experimental psychology-- but then, I have been out of that loop for eons. I am also not (honest here) exactly sure what the band Radiohead is singing about "Optimism" in their song. Perhaps someone could let me know in the Comments section... and if you think it is entirely inappropriate here, I'll take it out. Thanks. Now, here are the said-definitions:
- expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds; "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view"
- affirmative: expecting the best; "an affirmative outlook"
- Optimism is "an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome". It is the philosophical opposite of pessimism. ...
- "Optimistic" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, the sixth track on their 2000 album Kid A.
- expecting the best in the best of all possible ways; expecting the best
- optimism - the optimistic feeling that all is going to turn out well
- optimism - a general disposition to expect the best in all things
- optimism - The decrease in model performance in new patients compared with performance in the sample under study.