Should you be trusting or cynical as a person?
The answer is, it depends.
It depends on what you can learn by thinking one step ahead, which gives you more information to decide if you should be trusting or cynical.
It’s always wise to scrutinize the people’s decisions and motives so you can see things from their perspective. This allows you to identify reasons to trust or justifications to be cynical.
You shouldn’t trust everyone in all contexts but you shouldn’t also be cynical all the time. It doesn’t usually cost much to collect additional information to make better decisions but many fail to do so. Your goal is to understand the behaviour of others without destroying opportunities for trust building.
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