Photo: patpitchaya (Shutterstock) Pessimism gets a bad rap, but in reality, the negative-leaning outlook can serve some important functions. These include everything from helping us process anger , to entering a new relationship with realistic expectations , to setting us up to accomplish our goals . And, according to performance expert Steven Kotler —author of The Art of Impossible and founder and executive director of the Flow Research Collective —we tend to get more pessimistic as we age. In a recent discussion on the Mindbodygreen podcast , Kotler explains why this isn’t always a bad thing, noting that our increased pessimism as we age is more of a gradual shift from a “goal mindset” to a “fear mindset.” “Everything we see and encounter is really shaped by two things: our fears or our goals,” he says on the podcast. Here’s why that happens, and how we can take control of our age-related pessimism. Why do we get more pessimistic as we get older? There’s a reason most people go from having a goal mindset to a fear mindset, Kotler explains . This is because as we age, the stakes become higher for each decision we have to make—whether it’s because we have to consider a partner, family responsibilities or a career. As a result, safety and security may carry more weight than setting or accomplishing goals. There’s research to back this up , demonstrating that older adults are more risk-averse than younger people. Of course, that isn’t a bad […]