concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself: seeking or concentrating on one’s advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others. Arising from concern with one’s welfare or advantage in disregard of others a selfish act.
When you hear the words “you’re so selfish,” they probably feel like an insult. To call someone “selfish” is to criticize their character, label them immoral, and suggest that they pay too much attention to themselves and not enough to others
The word most commonly translated into occurrences of the English word “ambition” is a Greek word denoting selfish–ambition. Eritheia: a desire to put one’s self forward; self-seeking pursuit of political office by unfair means
One of the most prime examples of selfishness in the Bible is the story of Cain and Abel. Cain was jealous of his brother Abel’s sacrifice to God. As a result, Cain sinfully and selfishly murdered his brother.
How do I fix my selfishness?
With that in mind, here are some simple ways to put others first, and be a little less selfish.
- Be A Good Listener.
- Show A Bit Of Empathy.
- Donate Some Of Your Money.
- Donate Some Of Your Time.
- Give Your Parents A Call.
- Give Rude People A Free Pass.
- Be All About Little Surprises.
- Be The Person Who Calls A Friend.
Traits of Selfish People
- They do not show weakness or vulnerability.
- They don’t accept constructive criticism.
- They believe they deserve everything.
- They do not listen to those who do not agree with them.
- They criticize others behind their backs.
- They exaggerate their achievements.
- They are scared of taking risks.
How can I change my self centered behavior?
If you’re feeling too self–centered, make a point of befriending someone you don’t particularly like, and make yourself figure out a way to like them. Try to guess why someone is the way they are. If your little sister copies everything you do, try to give her a break. It’s probably because she looks up to you.
What is the difference between selfish and self-centered?
Selfish (of a person, action, or motive) means lacking consideration for others, and/or is concerned chiefly with one’s profit or pleasure. In contrast, self–centered means being preoccupied with oneself and one’s affairs.
A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy, and a priest were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. Despite the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute and yelled to the passengers that they better jump, and he bailed out.
Unfortunately, only three parachutes were remaining.
The doctor grabbed one and said “I’m a doctor, I save lives, so I must live,” and jumped out.The lawyer then said, “I’m a lawyer and lawyers are the smartest people in the world. I deserve to live.” He also grabbed a parachute and jumped.
The priest looked at the little boy and said, “My son, I’ve lived a long and full life. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Take the last parachute and live in peace. “The little boy handed the parachute back to the priest and said, “Not to worry Father. The smartest man in the world just took off with my backpack.”
The Selfish Man
Once upon a time, there was a selfish man. He liked everything to be his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his friends or the poor.
One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house and told him how he lost his gold coins. His friend was a kind man. As his friend’s daughter was coming from an errand she found thirty gold coins. When she arrived home, she told her father what she had found. The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and he sent for him. When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his daughter had found his thirty gold coins and handed them to him.
After counting the gold coins the man said that ten of them were missing and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins. He further commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him. But the girl’s father refused.
The man left the gold coins and went to the court and informed the judge there about what had taken place between him and the girl’s father.
The judge sent for the girl and her father and when they arrived asked the girl how many gold coins she found. She replied thirty gold coins. The Judge asked the selfish man how many gold coins he lost and he answered forty gold coins.
The judge then told the man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if anybody is looking for them he will send for the girl.
The judge told the man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins he will send for him. It was then that the man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the judge did not listen to him.
This story teaches us to be always honest as dishonest never pays.