Author Topic: Pragmatist & Realist  (Read 3735 times)

Wayne

  • New Member
  • *
  • Posts: 24
    • View Profile
Pragmatist & Realist
« on: April 22, 2011, 05:52:36 AM »
These two attitudes seem an awful lot a like to me. How can you tell the difference?

Thanks! 

John Roth

  • Forum Support
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 226
    • View Profile
Re: Pragmatist & Realist
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2011, 12:37:38 AM »
These two attitudes seem an awful lot a like to me. How can you tell the difference?

Thanks! 

Pragmatist is the assimilation attitude, Realist is the exalted Action attitude. There are a lot of differences.

A realist evaluates things in terms of what action can realistically be taken (and yes, I know that's repeating the word, but if you've heard someone say "realistically..." enough times...). A pragmatist zeros in on whatever seems to be important, whether or not it requires action.

The negative poles are quite different. Realist: +objective -subjective. Pragmatist: +Practical, -Dogmatic.

Pragmatists can slide to any of the other attitudes; Realists only slide to Cynic.

HTH

John Roth


jk

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 171
    • View Profile
Re: Pragmatist & Realist
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 01:29:21 AM »
I have been channeled as Pragmatist sliding to Realist. I can validate that. If I should summarise Pragmatist, a phrase "whatever works (best)" comes to mind. I.e. what is the most effective approach to the problem? I use this a lot in my work (but not limited to) which is very much concerned with logical problem solving and solution finding. I.e. - choose the right tool for the job.
Realist would be someone who "sees all the sides of the problem, the big picture". I use this most in personal life, my own and those who ask me for advice, but also at work (for example when people with different communication styles cannot find a common language or are getting lost in details).