... as defined by me, pessimism with a punch line.
Dymphna asked how to overcome cynicism. Excellent question. I honestly don't know. Everyday is a constant struggle to not jump to conclusions and assume the worst of motives from another individual. I doubt very seriously I will ever stop the natural inclination.
So instead of overcoming a cynical nature it would be more correct to say I curb my cynicism. It involves a constant reminder that there is no way I can know a situation well enough to properly judge. Then remember that judgement is not mine to make. Then finally, a third reminder that the measure I use to judge is the same measure which I will be judged. And there is a lot there to judge... I don't need help in that department.
Anyway, she asked. But in case you were really wondering, this was the defining moment.