Negative evaluation of past experiences - Why do people get sometimes trapped in cynicism and despair?
By common definition, cynicism is the belief that people do things only because of self-interest rather than virtue. Another definition for someone “cynical” is that of someone who will not care about things that harm others as long as they benefit the cynic. Modern cynicism, as a product of mass society, is a distrust toward ethical and social values, especially when there are high expectations concerning society, institutions and authorities which are unfulfilled. Cynicism can manifest itself by frustration, disillusionment and distrust in regard to organizations, authorities and other aspects of society, and can result from a negative evaluation of past experiences.
Even if past experiences seem rather negative at first, the positive part is being able to learn something. While some people handle it this way, other find that very hard. Some even feel trapped. What are the reasons? Genes (happy nature vs sourpuss)? Upbringing?
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