Monday, August 22, 2011

Why Feel Disappointed?

Disappointment the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that the individual feeling regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome, while the individual feeling disappointment focuses on the outcome itself.

It is a source of psychological stress. The study of disappointment— its causes, impact and the degree to which individual decisions are motivated by a desire to avoid it— is a focus in the field of decision analysis, as disappointment is one of two primary emotions involved in decision-making.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Suspense is worse than disappointment.” - Robert Burns

“The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.” - Thomas Hardy

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