Confirmed pessimist. Expect poor or less than acceptable outcomes, then if they turn out to be acceptable, elation comes from being a pessimist. If outcomes are bad, the let-down is less worse than that experienced by the optimist whose rosy hopes are dashed. If an optimist, I would be doubly affected by bad outcomes, since hope for good failed to prevail. If good happens, the feeling of elation is less than that for the pessimist. This is making little sense, I see. Frank EDIT: As Billy Joel sang: "I'd rather laugh with the Sinners than cry with the Saints, The Sinners have much more fun.............. Only the Good die young!"