The Optilosophy Project

The Optilosophy Project

what makes an Optilosopher?

Definition of Optilosophy

noun: Optilosophy

  1. theory, attitude, or state of mind that when having considered nature of knowledge, reality, existence, and experience in conjunction with natural, moral, and metaphysical philosophies adopts a profound tendency, or disposition towards a favourable and positive outlook.
  1. a state of being whereby one fully embraces a deep sense of hopeful confidence regarding future success and unbound possibilities in which positivity far outweighs negativity, and right utterly triumphs over wrong, resulting in the optimum environment for an enjoyable, fulfilling life. 



  1. A person who adopts or engages in a state of Optilosophy

Brief Description of the Project

The questions in this project are, what makes people Optilosophers? How do they naturally process optimistic philosophical thoughts? In which areas of life are these people Optilosophers, some areas (if so which and why), or all areas? And what causes people to be optimists in the first place?

The reason for discovering these characteristics is for the purpose of eliciting skills and attributes that can help in formulating a modelling tool. In addition, I intend to include selected elements of my findings into a book I am currently writing.

Background and Rationale for the Project

This area of positivity is often overlooked or cast aside and thought of as merely a part of positive thinking. We will hope to learn that Optilosophers have a much deeply rooted inclination towards optimism and as such we may be able to develop a replicable model for the less inclined. This is important for those who are suffering at the hand of their own sabotaging thoughts and for those predisposed to negative thoughts and hopelessness? The implications for being able to replicate such a model have the possibility to change the lives of those affected and those around them, changing in some small part, the world.

To date, I have unearthed no previous studies in this area and continue to search.

It would be helpful if in reading this you could provide details of any similar or supporting studies?

How I will Conduct the Project?

I intend to investigate this ongoing project through primary and secondary research. Primary research will take the form of interviews and surveys. Secondary research will comprise of the perusal of existing studies and published materials.

I would welcome input from any other persons interested in this project.

I hope that you will find the time to participate in this project OR nominate someone whom you consider to be an Optilosopher for an interview?

If you would like to participate in the project all it requires is 10-15  ins of your time on a telephone interview. You can contact me here to arrange this.

Please visit here often for updates.

These are some of the resources I am using in the project:

  • Psychology Today
  • Peterson, C. (2000). The future of optimism. American Psychologist, 55, 44–55.
  • Peterson, Christopher; Seligman, Martin E.; Vaillant, George E.; Pessimistic explanatory style is a risk factor for physical illness: A thirty-five-year longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 55(1), Jul, 1988. pp. 23-27.
  • Solberg Nes, L. S., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2006). Dispositional optimism and coping: A meta-analytic review. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 235–251.
  • Contagious Optimism by David Mezzapelle
  • Mojo by Marshall Goldsmith
  • The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

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