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That Isn't Self-Centered

Many people study hard day and night to find the right job.


Applying for a job or trying to get into the right school does involve competition, but the intent of trying to find a job or get accepted into the right college does not involve a selfish intent to exclude or hurt anyone, unless a deviant motive is in mind.

Is self-centeredness the same as wanting to accomplish a personal goal? Both Christians and other members of the public will want to know more about the meaning of self-centeredness as Christian teachings become talked about more openly again. Self-centeredness is not a hope in accomplishing a goal such as going to college or finding the right job. Actual self-centeredness often refers to desires that exclude and hurt others for one’s own benefit.


Applying for a job or trying to get accepted into the right school does involve competition, but the intent of trying to find a job or get accepted into the right college does not involve a selfish intent to exclude or hurt anyone, unless a deviant motive is in mind. It also doesn’t mean that one doesn’t care about others finding good jobs or getting into the right schools. Personal goals such as making it into a certain profession are also not an effort to keep other people from reaching their own goals.


However, rushing in front of someone in the cafeteria at school to get a tray faster is self-centered. Vying for a promotion that a colleague could really use when one is already well-off is also self-centered. Self-centeredness often involves taking what others want or need unfairly or not caring about situations where it would be better to let someone else have what one wanted for oneself.









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