Cynicism is part of a defensive posture we take to protect ourselves. Its typically triggered when we feel hurt by or angry at something, and instead of dealing with those emotions directly, we allow them to fester and skew our outlook.
How do I become more cynical?
If you can hold onto past frustrations as a model for future expectations, doubt the sincerity of others (and tell them about it), and embrace the dark humor that goes along with seeing the world without “rose colored glasses,” then you too might just become a cynic.
Why is being cynical bad?
This kind of attitude is bad enough when it happens on an individual level, but at the societal level, its toxic. In a time where action is paramount, cynicism creates a paralyzing effect. It causes predatory delay, which is effectively the same as losing.