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Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Or do you just see it as half-glassed?

Asked by Strauss (20551points) February 23rd, 2010

Just wondering if we (flutherites) are more optimistic or pessimistic. How do you feel and why?

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mrentropy's avatar

That depends. If someone hands me a full glass of water and drink half of it, then I think it’s half-empty. If I take a glass from the cabinet and fill it half-way, then I think it’s half-full.

buckyboy28's avatar

@mrentropy I see it the same way.

ldeb's avatar

I try to be optimistic… whatever energy you put out there is what you receive.. But sometimes I find myself in my own world

jeanna_'s avatar

I just see the glass, the contents inside of no real importance. I am a realist.

Berserker's avatar

I don’t pay attention to the amount, what matters to me is what is in the glass to begin with.


ChocolateReigns's avatar

It depends what mood I’m in, I guess. If I’m in a good mood, I see the glass half full, but if I’m in a bad mood, I see the glass ¾ empty, even if it’s only half empty.

thriftymaid's avatar

I see it as half full. Always have.

fireinthepriory's avatar

I just see it as “half.”

CyanoticWasp's avatar

It sounds like a half-glass of… whatever. Depending on my mood I might think there’s a party starting… or ending.

I think my answer is going to depend partly on whether or not there’s ice in the glass, a little paper umbrella, olives, cocktail onions or some small fruit in addition to any liquid that may be present.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

Half-assed. You coulnd’t have just filled it all the way up?!

shego's avatar

I see the glass half full, because during you life you can change it, to either a full glass knowing you’ve done what can to fill it, or you can leave it where it is, and know you didn’t do anything.

Trillian's avatar

I think it’s true for most of us that it depends on our mood at the time. And how the glass got into the condition. If someone stood there in front of me and emptied it to that point, then I guess it still depends on the circumstances. And right now I’m too tired to articulate the toughts spinning around in my head about this.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The glass is empty, broken in a lots of pieces, sitting in a stain on the carpet.

ucme's avatar

Half full.That much is crystal clear.

Bluefreedom's avatar

The glass is always half full. Life is way too short to be pessimistic all the time.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I usually see it as half full, but today, it’s half empty.

marinelife's avatar

@jbfletcherfan Sorry that you are having a bad day.

I am a Pollyanna. I see the glass as half full.

Jeruba's avatar

I see the glass as half full of water and half full of air. I consider that a realistic view.

wundayatta's avatar

Glass? What glass?

BoBo1946's avatar

Most days, ½ full!

CMaz's avatar

I see the glass with stuff in it.

It just is.

ChaosCross's avatar

I usually see my glass as one that runs over.

That said I am an incredibly positive person almost every moment of the day.

Cruiser's avatar

As the crosshairs settle in at the midpoint of the glass and I squeeze the trigger….½ empty or half full, it doesn’t quite matter much as the bullet tears through the glass. Eiither way it is a pretty sparking mist.

Arisztid's avatar

I usually say half full but that is just how I describe it. For instance, it would make more sense to say “that glass is half full of soda” and “that glass is half full of coffee” than it would be to say “that glass is half empty” because half empty is less specific. It is easier to describe what is there than what is not unless you want to not be specific in what is there.

I do not attribute any other belief to it other than the fact that it is half full of contents.

I try to react towards other situations in my life the same way, accepting what is as fact and dealing with it as it is.

I try to be a realist. I lean towards pessimism but yank myself out of it when I catch myself and deal with the facts.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@marinelife Thanks. Yeah, I’ll be glad when it’s time to go to bed.

BoBo1946's avatar

Damn, broke my glass…was looking real close to see if it was half-full or half empty and it slipped out my hand. Cut my foot…probably will need 25 or 30 stitches.

Changing my answer, the SOB is empty!

augustlan's avatar

Most days, I’m just a realist. I can swing up to optimism or down to pessimism with changing circumstances, but for the most part I just try to see what is and not put a label on it.

ccrow's avatar

This is sort of related…

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

Depends on if it’s half full of pepsi or half-empty of protein shake.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I don’t like to be unhappy,that’s why ;)

whatthefluther's avatar

At this stage of my life, my glass is full. Problem is , I have trouble holding it and am reduced to using a long straw. I still frequently reach for it, and when I do hold it, do so carefully and lovingly because I know one of these times I’m going to drop it and everything will spill out with the glass shattering into dust.
See ya…..Gary/wtf

MissAnthrope's avatar

Half-full. I’m a contradictory mess.. you could say I’m an idealistic realist. I’m pretty grounded in reality, but I can’t help fantasizing about everything in its highest, most evolved form. I try to find the silver lining in every cloud, because it makes life easier to focus on the positive.

Disc2021's avatar

Is a full glass always desirable? Is an empty glass undesirable?

Depends on my mood I guess, ha.

Strauss's avatar

@Disc2021 That’s why I included the half-glassed part!

downtide's avatar

half full, but if it has beer in it, it’ll be all empty in a minute :-D

alamo's avatar

To quote George Carlin” Some people see the glass as half full, some people see the glass as half empty.I think the glass is too big”

mattbrowne's avatar

I believe in learned optimism.

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