As students, most of us face certain potential stressors. From academic stressors like finals and important presentations, to more social ones such as going to parties where you don't know many people or moving into a new residence. Dealing with so many stressful situations, it can be easy to fall into pessimistic thought processes and think "I just can't handle this" or "I'll never succeed."
But if you think you'll be able to get that A in biochemistry, and be able to manage all of your work, you're less likely to experience a stress reaction. If you have that "I can do it" attitude, you'll more likely do problem-focused coping where you face your problems and work to solve them head-on.
I found this idea fascinating - so if I believe I can cope and succeed, it's more likely I will cope with my stress by tackling problems? To me, this seemed like not only a recipe for success but a remedy for stressful reactions. Do you think it is?
Also, if one can be too pessimistic about their ability to cope and succeed, is it possible to be too optimistic about it as well?
A blog post I really liked: "Deindividuated Hipsters? How Ironically Ironic" by E. Carriere.
Check it out!