Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sense of Entitlement...

In life we should all strive to have a sense of place and of purpose, but we should refrain from centering our existence around ourselves. We should also strive for a greater purpose; a purpose that all of humanity, the universe itself is striving towards. It is when we think only of ourselves that we venture into the realm of lost causes and negativity. Look openly...


A Sense of Entitlement
In psychiatry we use the term "sense of entitlement" to describe the outrageous attitude of some of our more narcissistic clients who believe that the world "owes" them and they want to collect NOW. Patients with this type of attitude always want more. Whatever you do is never good enough for them, and they also generally show no gratitute or express any thanks--even when someone goes out of their way for them. Like the most spoiled of royalty, they merely expect that they should be the center of your world at all times.

This attitude is normally seen in toddlers, who want what they want and they want it now. Every parent has had to deal with this kind of whining. When you see this attitude repeatedly in an adult, then you know you are dealing with psychopathology. Many adults whimper at the slightest inconvenience, delay, or restriction. Why? Because, like toddlers, they are convinced they deserve what they want when they want it. They are "entitled" to it.

We are not the only ones.

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