The past dictates your future
More broadly, Corbett points to a tendency of negative people to limit their options to whatever they’ve done in the past, rather than opening their mind to the range of possibilities available to them.
“This idea that behavior and personality are static again is a false narrative,” she says. “It is a cowardly outlook. Some things are easier for others depending on personality type. Thus, it may take more effort. With that said, everyone is capable of change because it is all around us internally and externally. We live in a time where everything seems to have a pathological root to it. There are benefits to this for greater understanding, but it also excuses someone from being the best they can be.”