Having a sense of entitlement sucks.
Yet, it turns out, a certain amount of entitlement, in certain conditions, could be beneficial. But more on that later.
Today is International Zero Discrimination Day.
The Human Rights Watch website outlines human rights laws that prohibit discrimination. The list includes discrimination based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or ‘other status.’
It goes on to list the many other forms of discrimination such as health, homelessness, marital status and many others; all ugly.
A habitually self-entitled person, displays a sense of superiority over others around them. They behave as if the world owes them opportunities which are undeserved. They believe they deserve privileges, that others shouldn’t have access to. Self-entitlement manifests itself in many forms; all ugly.
To discriminate, you think you are entitled.
Entitled people are self-centred, egotistical and narcissistic. They openly display their need to dominate; and want their own way, even if it is at the expense of others. They have no sense of how reciprocity works in society; they take without ever intending to give back. When they do happen to be cornered to have to give back or contribute, they will make sure everyone knows about it. Their need to win, is at all costs, regardless of the trail of destruction it leaves. They will confuse their opinion as fact, leaving no room for another opinion. When they are defeated, they play the victim, never accepting blame.
As mentioned, the findings from a study conducted in 2014, by Emily Zitek of Cornell University and Lynne Vincent of Vanderbilt University, were astonishing. They discovered respondents who were made to feel entitled immediately prior to a creativity test, performed far better than those who were made to feel less deserving. Priming the respondents to believe they were more entitled, seemed to light up the creative right side of their brain. Zitek and Vincent concluded, ‘Our results suggest that people who feel entitled, value being different from others. The greater their need for uniqueness, the more they break convention, think divergently, and give creative responses.’
We all experience times where we find ourselves being self-entitled. To escape the tendency, practice having a sense of humility. By being grateful for what you have, with the knowledge there are many less fortunate than you, entitlement has no foothold.
Zero discrimination should be a priority for us all. Losing our sense of entitlement is a great place to start.
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