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The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Egocentrism

Culture

Egocentrism is a personality trait which has the characteristic of regarding oneself and one's own opinions or interests as most important or valid.  It also generates the inability to fully understand or to cope with other people's opinions and the fact that reality can be different from what they are ready to accept despite any change in their personal belief.

 

It appears that this egocentric stance towards the world is present mostly in younger children.  They are unable to separate their own beliefs, thoughts and ideas from others.  For example, if a child sees that there is candy in a box, he assumes that someone else walking into the room also knows that there is candy in that box.  He implicitly reasons that "since I know it, you know it too".

 

Egocentrism is thus the child's inability to see other people's viewpoints.  The child at this stage of cognitive development assumes that their view of the world is the same as other people's, e.g. a little girl does not understand that taking another child's ball is wrong because she views the ball as hers.

 

Eventually a mentally healthy individual evolves out of most of his or her egocentric habits.  Adults unable to do so, if forced to face the issue, will often argue of having changed and widen their perception of the world and of having learned from their past mistakes.  Unfortunately, despite a new mindset and a confession, they will still practice the habits of regarding oneself and one's own opinions or interests as most important or valid and still are unable to cope properly with different frames of reference, opinions or point of views other than their own.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egocentrism

 

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