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Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, studied how pessimists tend to internalize responsibility when circumstances are negative. They tend to think they are worthless, talentless, and unlovable. They say things like, “I’m stupid. It’s all my fault.” They tend to blame others or circumstances outside themselves thinking, “They are so stupid; they don’t know a good thing when they see it.” In contrast, the danger of extreme optimism is the tendency to avoid responsibility for one’s part in an unsuccessful event. However, pessimists’ tendency to regularly and inappropriately accept responsibility is a sure formula for depression.