Cynicism - a commonly used concept with relevance to mental health

Dafna Sofrin Frumer, Shirel Dorman Ilan, Yael Fishman, Ronnie Weinberger, Doron Gothelf*

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Research on cynicism is relatively neglected in psychology and psychiatry literature. In this article, we address the history of the concept of cynicism, the psychological aspects of cynicism, including its developmental characteristics and the perception of cynicism as a defense mechanism, and potential patho-psychological mechanisms, leading to what we define as cynical personality disorder. We conclude with recommendations for potential psychotherapeutic interventions in the treatment of individuals who are characterized by a cynical personality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019


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