Naive Cynicism

Naive cynicism is the belief that individuals expect other people's judgement will consistently be motivated by their their own self-interest and that others will always view themselves in the most flattering light available. These beliefs are held while believing that one's own judgement and motivations are beyond questions or suspicion. This point of view should be tempered by the knowledge that there are other unselfish people who are motivated by the interests of others rather than their own and not everyone in an egotist who believes in their own perfection.

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History of Psychology
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