How to Recognize a Pessimist Personality

In Brief...

To be able to address problems with people most effectively, it helps to understand them. The following list of behaviors will help you recognize pessimist personalities in the workplace.


Some people are unhappy and seem content to be unhappy. Negative attitudes and behaviors, like all attitudes and behaviors, are a choice. The pessimist will:

  1. Notice everything that is wrong.
  2. Complain about the people and things they encounter.
  3. Tend to be grumpy and critical of others.
  4. May criticize others behind their back or to their face.
  5. Automatically discount new ideas.
  6. Can be a powerful barrier to creativity and productivity.

Author: Sheri Schmeckpeper

Sheri Schmeckpeper holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Financial Management and Computer Information Systems as well as a Master's degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning. She is a Microsoft Certified Professional and Trainer. Sheri has implemented distance learning programs at three top institutions of higher education, has been a guest speaker on radio, and has presented at local and national training workshops. Her diverse background includes technology, education, interpersonal relations, finance, and management. Sheri has developed and facilitated courses in the areas of instructional technology and online learning, faculty development, communications, finance, and professional development and achievement. She is currently co-founder of the Institute for Instructional Excellence and directs the Center for Excellent Living where she is also a life coach.