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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Soul Surfer, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Bitterness follows unwanted experiences—failures, disappointment, setbacks—that are perceived to be beyond one's control.

    Bitterness occurs when one believes, rightly or wrongly, that other people could have prevented the undesired outcome. Regret involves blaming oneself.

    Bitterness, much like other negative emotions, could forecast physical disease.
    To regulate bitterness, individuals who failed should assess the likelihood of achieving the goal if they decide to try again.
    If success is unlikely, individuals should move on to other pursuits.
    The embittered should try to reconcile, take some responsibility, and get over the blame game.
    Older adults generally experience more disappointments that could lead to bitterness.
    Most older adults can easily disengage from impractical goals and commit to other meaningful pursuits.
    Older adults who can't curb their bitterness may be compromising their health and happiness.
    If bitterness persists, consult a mental health practitioner.

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