> The Realist Attitude
The Realist Attitude
- Positive Traits:
Clear-headed, Gets the big-picture, Grounded, Non-judgmental, Objective,
Sees both sides of things, Sees the world as it really is, Sorts out fact
- Negative Traits:
Biased, Jumps to conclusions with insufficient facts, Struggles with
choices, Subjective, Supposition, Won't see point of view of others
Realists pay particular attention to the action going on
around them. Often they like to tell stories about things that have happened to
them. There does not have to be any point to the story (fun, knowledge, a moral,
etc.) — that it happened is enough to justify it's telling. Realists are
concerned with the behavior and activities of other people. They also like to be
up on the trends and fashions — whatever is new on the world scene. This makes
them rather conventional people, who conform to social norms and institutions.
Realists are also often news-hounds.
The complement of Realism is Cynicism. Whereas Cynics put a
stop to what is happening, Realists are unable to put a stop to anything.
Rather, they are carried along with the situation. If a Cynic and a Realist are
discussing something, the
Cynic will be brief and negative, and the Realist will
be verbose and positive. Whereas Cynics see what is wrong with the world,
Realists simply see things the way they are.
The opposite of the Realist Attitude is the Physical (Sexual) Center.
This does not have anything to do with the fact that so many unrealistic
attitudes surround sexuality. It does have to do with the fact that Realists
have difficulty coming to terms with their sexuality. You might think a Realist
would "sleep around", since they approve of action in general. This is
not the case. Realists are intent on seeing respect in all action, and a sexual
situation must be just right or they perceive the sex act as contemptuous. They
perceive themselves and their partner as "cheap" if they do not hold
each other in high regard. This limits their sexual experiences, and makes them
act ambivalent about the experiences they do have.
The counterpart of the Realist Attitude is the
Both are concerned with initiating action. The difference is that Realists are
concerned with action outside the person, but the Moving Center is concerned
with the action of the person himself. Whereas people in the Moving Center are
themselves always in motion, busy with their activities, Realists are attuned to
the activities of others. Whereas people in the Moving Center ramble around in
the world, Realists ramble aimlessly when they talk — they cannot come to a
conclusion, or get to the point, or make a concise, definitive statement. This
is a dead giveaway for detecting a Realist.
Positive Pole (Perception)
The Positive Pole of the Realist Attitude is +Perception.
Events in life seem transparent to people in this Pole. They commend things
exactly as they are, so their vision is not distorted by a need to interpret
things otherwise. They regard the world as a continually interesting series of
events of unending variety, and they approve — "Let it happen". They
see primarily action as it occurs. If there is a meaning or a mood within the
action, that is not as important as the bare event itself. Because they perceive
external events neutrally, they are rather experimental in their own lives. They
give themselves permission to act out whatever suits them. They also readily go
along with the suggestions of others. This can of course work to their detriment
if the actions are stupid or harmful.
Negative Pole (Supposition)
The Negative Pole is -Supposition. The motto of this Pole is,
"I suppose so". The person guesses and assumes that everything is OK,
and I do mean everything. The last thing a person in this Pole wants to do is
show disrespect or contempt. Since such a person sees all sides to every issue,
there is little progress in understanding that can occur. People in this Pole
are unable to come to a conclusion, and then build on that. Every alternative is
seen as equally respectable, so they are wishy-washy. Such people are
uncommitted to any particular action, so it is possible for them to be persuaded
easily. They will go along with just about anything. When they talk, they ramble
endlessly, unable to get to the point. If you ask a person in -Supposition a
question to which you expect a simple yes or no answer, you will likely get a
lengthy, roundabout discourse that explores every aspect of the question but
which arrives at no answer.
The fear that drives -Supposition is the fear of showing
disrespect for anything. The way to overcome this is to consider and apply the
Positive Pole of the Complementary Attitude, which is +Contradiction. Use a
process of elimination to arrive at a conclusion. Start looking for things that
are wrong instead of always seeing everything that is right.
-- Phil Wittmeyer
When you're a realist that sees the world "as it is," you naturally view all
sides to an issue from an objective stance that doesn't naturally reach for an
ideal or search for a fault. You just see things the way that they are. Most of
us have trouble making decisions, of course, and that doesn't mean we're all
realists, but realists in particular get stuck in these decision loops because
they're not as swayed by unconscious bias or idealistic aims that easily move
them in a certain direction. They just see the truth and prefer it unvarnished.
The hitch in the decision process is that too much objectivity leads to a state
where nothing is weighed over anything else. In other words, it is what it is.
That's why realists like to collect facts about a subject and weigh them against
each other -- it's often the only way they can make a decision.
The positive side to this process is that realists who see the world "as it is,"
show potential for sound judgement when they do make decisions.
-- David Gregg
"Realist," being cardinal on the action axis, is a big-picture
way of looking at things. Realists try to collect all the relevant evidence and
make sense of how it all fits together.
Being on the action axis, the cynic and realist are both about
what is and what isn't, black and white. The cynic emphasizes what
isn't--black--and the realist emphasizes what is--white. They both tend to be
more black and white in their perceptions than the other attitudes. The action
axis, in general, values simplicity and can be cut-and-dried.
Realists see facts perceptively in the positive pole, "perception." The negative
pole is "supposition"; they see what they suppose to be the facts but which are
In the negative poles of the three cardinal attitudes--spiritualist, idealist
and realist--there is fantasy. Realists always think that what they're seeing is
realistic, but it only is in the positive pole. In the negative, they suppose
things because of unrecognized biases, or jump to conclusions based on some of
the facts; they haven't completed the process of surveying enough of them to get
a clear picture. It is very easy to jump to conclusions based on insufficient
facts. It is useful for everyone, but particularly realists, to recognize when
they do not yet have enough facts to draw a conclusion. If there is supposition,
they might wish to slide to cynic's positive pole of contradiction and test what
they are seeing for soundness.
-- Shepherd Hoodwin
The realist perceives the situation at
hand in an almost intellectual clarity, and subconsciously applies all of the
alternatives with lightning speed, coming up with a workable solution within an
extremely short period of deliberation. The realist has few expectations of
fanciful nature, and as would be expected, is grounded in reality.
-- Michael Teachings
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