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"an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism." Google

"believing that people are generally selfish and dishonest" Merriam-webster

"By the 19th century, emphasis on the negative aspects of cynic philosophy led to the modern understanding of cynicism to mean a disposition of disbelief in the sincerity or goodness of human motives and actions." Wikipedia 

Empathy Killers
Louise Altman,
DECEMBER 5, 2013
"Cynicism is one of the greatest empathy killers. Most cynical attitudes are jammed pack with hardened beliefs and potent unexpressed emotions. It’s often a form of psychological self-protection against hurt, disappointment, sadness and most important – fear.

In his remarkable book, The Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, author Charles Eisenstein writes, “The cynic mistakes his cynicism for realism. He wants us to discard the hopeful things that touch his wound, to settle for what is consistent with his lowered expectations. This, he says, is realism.”

The lenses of cynicism can become a habituated reaction to uncontrollable events in the world around us. When we are cynical we lack conscious awareness of what we feel and so have great difficulty imagining what others are experiencing. This emotional state clouds our thinking process and saps our ability to make rational choices."