What is unrealistic optimism?
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Colleges, School and Institutes
- Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research
Here we consider the nature of unrealistic optimism and other related positive illusions. We are interested in whether cognitive states that are unrealistically optimistic are belief states, whether they are false, and whether they are epistemically irrational. We also ask to what extent unrealistically optimistic cognitive states are fixed. Based on the classic and recent empirical literature on unrealistic optimism, we offer some preliminary answers to these questions, thereby laying the foundations for answering further questions about unrealistic optimism, such as whether it has biological, psychological, or epistemic benefits.
|Journal||Consciousness and Cognition|
|Early online date||1 Nov 2016|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 1 Nov 2016|
- optimism bias, Positive illusions, Unrealistic optimism, Belief update, Irrationality