There are four competing attitudes to life that people can have (often without stating them in these very words):
A. I'm bad and the world is bad.
B. I'm bad but the world is good.
C. I'm good but the world is bad.
D. I'm good and the world is good.
In dealing with people, I find it very useful to figure out which of these attitudes informs their views on life. Many things become very clear, and people's actions and reactions are a lot easier to predict.
Which one is the closest to your view on life?
P.S. If the words "good" and "bad" make you uncomfortable, substitute them with "scary", "dangerous," "evil", "problematic," "tragic," "desperate," "wonderful," "hopeful," "joyous," "fantastic," "amazing," "exciting," etc.