Being selfish doesn’t always result in an obvious display of self-interest. More often, selfishness can come across in subtle ways that sabotage our relationships with others. Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits offers some examples:

  • When someone doesn’t clean up after themselves, you get irritated because you think you’re entitled to everyone acting the way you want them to act (being clean and considerate).
  • When someone else needs help, you think first about how it will affect you, rather than how it will affect the other person.
  • When something unexpected happens at work or in your personal life, you think first about how it will affect you.
  • When people are talking, you think about how what they’re saying relates to you, how you’ve had a similar experience, what they’re thinking of you.

Read the rest of his post here.

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