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We are optimistic. Around. Not everyone, of course, or always, but most of us have an “optimistic bias,” a term coined by psychologist Neil Weinstein in 1980 after he showed in various studies that we tend to believe that our likelihood of experiencing a negative event is below average. We don’t think we have a 33 percent chance of getting cancer in our lifetime or more than 50% of divorces, although the stats say so. These are things that happen to others. Until they happen to us, of course.

This optimism is reflected not only in how we expect things to happen in the future, but also in how we assess how things are going for us. And that brings us to the Andalusian elections: On Sunday evening and Monday morning, many left-wing tweeters rejoiced that Vox will at least not be in the Andalusian government, a side effect of the PP’s absolute majority that can be seen as good news. And this more or less optimistic consolation was celebrated with jokes. For example, there was speculation about the possible election tour of Macarena Olona, ​​​​who will now only run for Lehendakari by wearing a Lehendakari txapela and register if necessary.

There were also comments at the expense of the citizens. The left has undoubtedly fared badly, but at least it hadn’t happened from 21 MPs to 0. There weren’t many jokes, of course, because the result was foreseeable and without surprise there is no humor, but montages by Juan Marín were published sell French toastin reference to one of the most commented interventions of the second debate, and was inserted in the famous photo of Chenoa in a tracksuit after the split from David Bisbal, an image that for years has been the most appropriate meme to talk about someone who is not at his best.

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All of this is small consolation, as it is clear that the elections have not gone well for the left, while PP voters and politicians are already considering retiring Pedro Sánchez (although this is also an optimistic bias). In fact, on Sunday night, one of Sánchez’ mythical tweets from 2012 was saved: the one with the goose board and the phrase “what a spanking they’re giving me.” It’s a tweet that returns with every regular PSOE election night.

One complaint for progressive voters was the split in the parties to the left of the PSOE. Again, the famous scene of Brian’s life in which the confrontation between the Popular Front of Judea and the Popular Judaic Front is ironized (Dissidents!). The differences between parties who think almost the same thing and seem to have distanced themselves only because of personal quarrels are not fully understood.

Given all of this, optimism may seem irrational. It sounds like you’ve lost all your cryptocurrency savings and are saying “at least I’m sane” while ignoring that weird cough that just won’t go away. But, as psychologist Tali Sharot explains in her book The optimistic trend This attitude generally protects us from uncertainties and difficulties, reduces stress and anxiety, and also motivates us to carry out plans and projects. It makes sense: why would we want to do anything when we fear a disastrous outcome?

Of course, this has its downside. For example, left-wing voters might find that optimism leads to the formation of another left-wing party, with the notion that it will actually work. In any case, I need a sketch.


Source elpais.com

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