I was recently accused at work of being a cynic (who, me?).
This made me wonder what the real difference between realism (from a health-care point of view) is versus cynicism. I’m of the opinion the two terms lie on a continuum, but others I asked disagreed.
I’ve looked up the dictionary definitions of both terms, but wonder if one of you nine can explain whether or not they’re stops on a continuous thought/reaction line, or are separate and distinct states of thought. I can see how someone can be a realist and a cynic, but have trouble with Pollyanna being a cynic; I have no trouble with a realist not being a cynic.
Perhaps they’re intersecting subsets. Perhaps one of you can help me sort this out.