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The Life Orientation Test (LOT) was developed to measure individual differences in optimism versus pessimism.
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10 Likert type questions
Michael F. Scheier & Charles S. Carver. (1985). Optimism, coping, and health: Assessment and implications of generalized outcome expectancies. Health Psychology, 4, 219-247
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