What defines The True Believer and the Cynic is both have stopped asking questions, have no doubts, and are threatened by anything but their own dogma.
There can’t be a dialogue, nothing to learn when they meet, only arguments.
Invariably, (even here on Core) it degenerates to name calling and threats sometimes, much worse.
Being passionate is a hallmark of a good designer, but how do you know when a conviction has closed your mind?
How do you know when a conviction has closed your mind?
If you have the hallmarks of being a good designer, then your mind is never closed and thus you are neither a True Believer nor a Cynic.
Being a good designer requires a great deal of problem solving, learning, and re-learning. The process of design can be applied to how a pen is made or to a law drawn by a pen.
Believing that some things cannot be design related is not believing in the nature of design. Even chaos itself requires a measure of design.
Everything that surrounds us and governs how we live our lives is designed and thus related.
If you don’t believe this, then you have a conviction.
And having a conviction is essentially having a closed mind making you a Cynic or True Believer incapable of compromise.
Just check out the talking heads at Fox news. That should give you case studies of both types