Thursday, April 20, 2006
Word of the Day: Pronoid
The word grew out of the popular Newage belief in affirmations and "creating your own reality" in the face of a stubbornly intractable reality. It describes a person who has incorporated a little too much of the "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" viewpoint. Not merely optimistic, but pathologically incapable believing otherwise, usually in a very self-centered manner.
Sometimes the pronoid attitude is covering for a profound insecurity but, in its purest form, it is cheerfully ignorant of such quibbles.
Pres. Bush is probably pronoid. Sec. Rumsfeld, from all accounts, is probably so as well.