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Old 02-16-2004, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How cynical are you?

Test yourself, post the results.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3492709.stm

Discuss: Is it really so bad to be cynical? I got 'Top Grade Cynic'. Apparently I view every piece of news with 'sneering contempt'. It sounds about right, but I don't see why that's a bad thing.

Cynics unite!

edit: forgot link, like a complete dick.

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Old 02-16-2004, 11:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay, where do I test myself?

I think I'm incredibly cynical, and I dont think it's a bad thing necessarly.
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Old 02-16-2004, 11:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think there is a test.

And if there is....I would bet it doesn't work for me.
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Old 02-16-2004, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I got my cynicysim the hard way, I earned it.

Used car salesmen, politicians, bosses.

I think that a certain amount of being cynical is a good thing. When you are young and optimistic it's hard to do but the longer you live the more you understand of how the world actually works.

I'm not cynical about everything nor am I cynical all the time. I AM cynical of all infomercials, amazing car deals, political promises, dogs I don't know, women that flirt too much, Microsoft, the list goes on for a while.

By the way, I don't seem to find a link for the test. Oh, and I'm cynical of on line tests.
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Old 02-16-2004, 11:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Why should I bother to take this test?

It won't make any difference anyway.
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'd rank myself pretty high on the cynical scale. Maybe it's because I seemed to have a knack for getting screwed by anyone and everyone in Jr High and High School. Now I just hate everyone

Henry Louis Menken said it right when he said "The cynics are right nine times out of ten."
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Am I missing something? We are to test ourselves with no test link?

After viewing so much contemptuous behavior from people in this world you'd think I'd be cynical but I'm not stooping to that level. Others motives may be negative but I prefer to keep mine positive; less stress, anxiety and worry
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just like everything else, you have to believe others, and they always let you down. Damn damn damn.
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I was always young and cynical. Then I went on to be older and cynical. I'm looking forward to being old and cynical. Probably shortens my life significantly, but I'll regret that when I finally address Jesus on my death bed.
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Umm... did i forget to post the link? Shit.
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It says I'm not very cynical. I didn't think so. It all depends on the situation. When it has to do with kids and their potential I'm not cynical - I know they have LOADS of potential. When it's entertainment industry - I just plain have no interest. When it has to do with politics - I don't see any hope.
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yeah, I don't believe in blowing your kids' hopes and dreams to shit just for a cheap laugh. I don't believe a word politicians say about anything, period. As far as the pop idol question goes, I just think it's a great shame that such mediocre rubbish is swamping the greatness out of the market, at our expense.
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Heh...me:

"You're a top grade cynic - in fact, you've turned cynicism into an art form. You greet almost every peice of news with sneering contempt. Loosen up a bit."

Mostly true, in some/most situations, but that might be thanks to the fact that I've been dealt a lot of shit in my life. I sometimes think that being either realistic or even pessimistic can lead to less disappointment in the end. But I suppose that that might be my cynicism talking again...so I think I'll just shut up...
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:30 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Aw - "you're really only a second-rate cynic. Actually, you aren't cynical as much as world weary, and sometimes you have a point. One thing though - laughing at children isn't nice."

Is there much worse than being a second-rate cynic?
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Is there much worse than being a second-rate cynic?
Yeah, being a complete doe-eyed moron. Be grateful.
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:18 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm a top grade cynic, apparently.

Yeah, whatever.

THEY are just trying to shame me into believing them.

(arf)
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Old 02-16-2004, 05:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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you're a top grade cynic- infact youve turned cynicism into an art form. you greet almost every peice of news with sneering contemp... loosen up a bit.

these bastards can go to hell! i am not that bad.
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:03 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Top grade cynic...

I regard everything with sneering contempt...

Especially this survey, screw you BBC...
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:11 PM   #21 (permalink)
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"You're really only a second-rate cynic. Actually, you aren't cynical as much as world weary, and sometimes you have a point. One thing though- laughing at children isn't nice."
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:15 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:42 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:46 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Top Grade Cynic. As I figured.
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:53 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Im a top grade cynic. I like it that way too.
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Old 02-17-2004, 01:58 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Also "a sweetie," and "barely capable of a cynical thought." It depends on the situation, though.
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:03 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I knew it, I'm a sweetie.
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Old 02-17-2004, 04:45 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I'm afraid I'll always be second-rate cynic

And I have yet to laugh at children's dreams, so maybe I'm a bit further off than I thought.
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Old 02-17-2004, 04:58 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Second Rate

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Old 02-17-2004, 06:11 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Can't copy and paste from that site, oh well just like everything else. Oh and I'm a top grade cynic.
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Old 02-17-2004, 02:38 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Top Grade Cynic (tm).

Not sure if I would apply this label to myself across the board, but certainly with regards to the issues in this quiz: politics, celebrities, consummerism etc.....highly cynical of the lot!
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:24 PM   #32 (permalink)
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not at all cynical - not even a bit of cynicism.
cynicism is for idealists.
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:40 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Top Grade Cynic (tm).

Not sure if I would apply this label to myself across the board, but certainly with regards to the issues in this quiz: politics, celebrities, consummerism etc.....highly cynical of the lot!
Your signature says more than any online test could.
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:48 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Loosen up? Bite my ass.
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Old 02-17-2004, 03:52 PM   #35 (permalink)
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In the middle with this one. Good link though
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Old 02-17-2004, 04:16 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Wahoo - Top grade cynic. Although I highly doubt it's a valid test......
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:58 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Why should I bother to take this test?

It won't make any difference anyway.
isn't that more apathetic than cynical?


i'm a top grade cynic, although i don't think thats true. Its just that there's so much to be cynical about these days.
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Old 02-17-2004, 07:45 PM   #38 (permalink)
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isn't that more apathetic than cynical?

You know.......I think you are absolutely correct.....and in hindsight, not only was my post not really cynical, but also not terribly witty. Oh well. Sometimes you get clever.....other times....not so much.
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Old 02-17-2004, 07:54 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Top Grade Cynic, although I found the test didn't offer enough options for it to accurately measure my level of cynicism. [I was often forced to choose answers that weren't the best, due to a lack of options]
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Old 02-17-2004, 08:31 PM   #40 (permalink)
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I'm very cynical. I'm a product of my environment that I grew up in seeing all the fucked up shit that happens in the world.
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