Meet the Cast of Characters

When it comes to Reality-Based Thinking, there are five basic types of people.  The first below, the “Realitan”, is what we are promoting here, and the rest are what we’re trying to encourage people not to be.

Which one of these are you right now?

realitan — (ree-AL-uh-tun)
1. noun — a person who deliberately “lives in” reality as a sustained way of life; more specifically, a devoted and authentic practitioner of Reality-Based Thinking.
2. adjective — pertaining to or consistent with Reality-Based Thinking or a lifestyle thereof.  (Example:  He eventually abandoned his irrational position and took a realitan view of the problem. )
NOTE:  Realitans are rare on the Earth.  They are not perfect; they still make mistakes.  They maintain a consistent attitude of full responsibility for their thoughts, however, and correct themselves when their errors become obvious.  These differentiates them from circumrealitans (see below).

From: English "reality" and "-an", the suffix denoting a resident.

circumrealitan — (SIR-cum-ree-AL-uh-tun)
1. noun — a person who vacillates between being responsible and irresponsible to reality. One who “lives” on the outskirts of reality, sometimes engaging it responsibly, but neglecting or refusing to commit to it as a sincere and deliberate way of life.  A dabbler in Reality-Based Thinking.
2. adjective — pertaining to or consistent with a person who vacillates between being responsible and irresponsible to reality.
(Example:  Her circumrealitan philosophy was obvious when she refused to acknowledge and correct her obvious error. )
NOTE:  Practically all humans are circumrealitans.  They lack the
realitan attitude of full responsibility for their thoughts and actions.  Thus do they often (but not always) fail to correct themselves when their errors become obvious.

From: Latin "circumago"---to change opinions, to sway---and English "realitan" (see above).

contrarealitan — (KAHN-truh-ree-AL-uh-tun)
1. noun — a person who deliberately rejects the very existence of reality with notions such as “nothing is real”.
2. adjective — pertaining to or consistent with the rejection of reality.
(Example:  His contrarealitan position made it clear that he not only rejected the evidence at hand, but would reject any evidence that might ever be presented in the future. )
NOTE:  It is doubtful if any true contrarealitan exists because most people demonstrate that they do indeed believe in reality in at least some ways, even if they are saying they do not.  In fact, the contrarealitan position is by its very nature self-contradictory because the very act of asserting anything (such as, that reality does not exist) is a demonstration that the one making the assertion does indeed believe that there is a real state of things.  To take this position, therefore, is to argue against it by example.

From:  Latin "contra"---against---and English "realitan" (see above).

pseudorealitan — (SOO-do-ree-AL-uh-tun)
1. noun — a person who falsely believes or states that he or she is a realitan.
2. adjective — pertaining to or consistent with  a false belief or statement that one is a Realitan.
(Example:  Even though he claimed to be a realitan, his repeated dismissal of overwhelming evidence made it clear that he is a pseudorealitan. )
NOTE:  Overestimation of our abilities/performance is a common cognitive error.  So is lying.  Many circumrealitans will make the erroneous claim to be realitans simply because they do not fully understand Reality-Based Thinking, and assume they are good at it.  Others who know better will simply lie when it suits them.

From:  Latin "pseudo"---false---and English "realitan" (see above).

omnirealitan — (AHM-nee-ree-AL-uh-tun)
1. noun — a person who states that all propositions or beliefs are equally true and valid—or in other words, that “everything is real”.
2. adjective — pertaining to or consistent with the belief that all propositions or beliefs are equally true and valid.
(Example:  Even though he took an omnirealitan position, it was clear that he believed his own view to be better than the view held by his opponent. )
NOTE:  The omnirealitan position is an exercise in self contradiction.  The moment one proclaims that all positions are equally true and valid, he or she gives up any claim to know better than anyone else.  This would naturally include the claim that all propositions or beliefs are equally true and valid.  Thus could no authentic omnirealitan ever contradict a realitan without violating his or her own omnirealitan paradigm.

From:  Latin "omni"---all---and English "realitan" (see above).