Egoism is the tendency of an individual to place their own interests, needs, and desires more important than the interests or needs of other people. Egoistic people often focus on their own interests while paying little attention to the needs or wants of others.
CAUSES OF EGOISM
Egoistic people’s motives and behaviors can vary. Here are some of the common causes of egoism:
- Lack of Self-Confidence: Some egotistical people may have low self-esteem or low self-esteem. By putting their own interests first, they may try to increase their self-confidence or hide their shortcomings.
- Meeting Their Needs: Egoistic people may use or exploit others to meet their own needs. They may have a tendency to manipulate or exploit others to achieve their own goals.
- Competitive Environments: Some competitive environments may encourage individuals to prioritize their own interests. Factors such as success, power or wealth can contribute to the emergence of egoism.
- Learned Behavior: Egoistic behaviors may arise from patterns that individuals observed or experienced during their childhood. If an individual has been brought up in a self-interested family or environment, they may be more likely to develop an egotistical attitude.
- Lack of Empathy: Egoistic people may have difficulty understanding the feelings or needs of others. A lack of empathy can support a tendency to ignore other people’s perspectives or experiences.
HOW TO PROTECT FROM EGOIST PEOPLE?
You can follow the steps below when interacting with egotistical people or when you want to be protected from them:
- Set Your Limits: Set your own values, needs and boundaries. Egoistic people may seek opportunities to exceed your limits or take advantage of you. State your boundaries clearly and protect them.
- Strengthen Your Self-Confidence: Developing your self-confidence and self-respect enables you to stand stronger against egoistic people. Value yourself and care about your own needs.
- Show Empathy and Understanding: While egotistical people often focus on their own interests, it is important to show empathy and understanding. However, you must do this empathy while keeping your boundaries. Trying to understand why they are being egotistical can help you react in a healthier way.
- Improve Your Communication Skills: Effective communication skills can help you better deal with egotistical people. It’s important to express your own needs, set your boundaries clearly, and communicate with confidence.
- Establish Selective Relationships: You don’t have to be in intense relationships with egotistical people. Be selective and choose the people around you carefully. Focus on building positive, supportive, and healthy relationships.
- Take Care of Yourself: Taking care of yourself helps you maintain healthy boundaries and stay away from egotistical people. Take time for yourself, follow your interests and empower yourself,
- Get Professional Help: Dealing with egotistical people can be difficult and sometimes professional help can be helpful. A therapist or counselor can support you and help you develop more effective strategies.
Lisenced Clinical Psychologist
Beyhan Perim Secmen