How to overcome a sense of entitlement

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2 Jan 2023
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Recognize your sense of entitlement. Refuse to let it have an impact on your life. If you're having trouble recognizing the feeling, consider other times when you've felt entitled and consider how much that feeling resembles what you're feeling now.

Recognize that you are not entitled to anything. Unfortunately, the world owes you nothing. Life is unjust, and it is your responsibility to make the best of what you have rather than complain about what you deserve but don't have.

Understand the distinction between needs and desires. People who feel entitled have difficulty distinguishing between needs and wants. This makes making healthy, sound decisions difficult because you constantly want more than you need. Instead, prioritize what you truly require in life and eliminate what you simply want.

Gratitude for everything good in your life, no matter how minor or insignificant it may appear at the time. Consider everything you have right now: a home, family or friends, good health, and so on. Take a moment to be grateful for everything you have and remember that there are many people out there who would gladly trade places with you.

Consider how your sense of entitlement affects the people in your life. How has your sense of entitlement affected other people? Have you inadvertently made them feel guilty or resentful because they failed to meet your expectations? If this is the case, keep in mind that other people have their own lives to live as well as their own feelings. A person's actions toward you aren't always directly related to how much they value you.

Take care of yourself and be gentle with yourself because no one else will. It may seem counterintuitive, but being kinder to yourself is one way out of self-entitlement. When you feel entitled, it can be difficult or impossible to take care of yourself. Instead, you might fall into a place of self-neglect because you are expecting others to take care of you.

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