Negative Attitude: Definition & Examples

Negative Attitude: Definition & Examples
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson will define negative attitude and showcase some examples of negative attitudes we can all relate to, whether at home, at work, or in school.

Negative Attitude

We all have a bad day every now and then. Maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed. Perhaps you notice in front of the mirror that you're all bent out of shape today. Or maybe it's just that you got your knickers in a twist.

A negative attitude is a disposition, feeling, or manner that is not constructive, cooperative, or optimistic.

In this lesson, we'll go over some examples of negative attitudes.

At Home

Bill is a hardworking guy. He comes home from work every day, just trying to relax and have a nice day. Every now and then Bill will go get the mail and get a mysterious envelope. He'll open it up to check on what it is, and before you know it, he's griping, moaning, and even cursing. What's in the envelope? A bill. Yep, a bill. Something just about every adult gets pretty commonly.

See, Bill is a half empty kind of guy. He's got a negative outlook and attitude when it comes to paying bills. However, he doesn't have to have it that way. There is another way to look at a bill. While the old cliché 'we all have to do it' (meaning we all have bills to pay) isn't going to help much, something else might.

See, in the fine print of the bill, Bill can see that if he doesn't pay the bill, he's going to have to incur a very hefty 20% interest charge for a late payment. For a $1,000 bill, that's hundreds of dollars per year that is thrown away. Instead of griping about the bill, he should be happy he can pay it off quickly and actually save himself money in the long run. Meaning, instead of looking at the bill as throwing money away, he should see it as saving himself money!

At Work

Bill's negative attitude extends to his workplace as well. There, he's always comparing himself with others. Namely, his boss. The boss is younger, better looking (according to Bill), and makes more. Bill feels really jealous and inferior. He even seethes in anger sometimes that he's been dealt a bad hand in life.

Bill isn't doing himself any favors when he has a negative attitude at work (or at home for that matter). People with negative attitudes not only have a lot more stress, but they are more likely to have other serious issues with anxiety and even depression. Chronic (long-term) stress has even been connected to multiple health issues, such as those that have to do with the heart.

It may help Bill to go see a professional counselor about his negative attitudes, not only for his mental well-being, but for his physical well-being as well.

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