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A posture in a doctor-patient relationship, in which the doctor—‘Pollyanna’—wears a facade of joviality and exudes unrealistic optimism in the face of terminal illness, disregarding the anxiety experienced by the patient
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Those who imagined that the twentieth century was the most brutal in humanity's history may be guilty of pollyannaism. The coming century will be the narrow passage through which human being passes -- on the one hand the unprecedented development of modes of destruction, on the other the burgeoning forces of a fully human global-local/ethical-political order -- and we will either survive it, and in doing so open up new and better possibilities for living, or pass through war to annihilation or worse.