Exploring Egocentrism: Pathological Tendencies of the Human Mind

Egocentrism

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In an epoch where selfishness pervades the land, the use of reason is seriously waning, the value of critical thought is fading, and mendacity has become almost normalized, this piece offers you new vocabulary words to understand what’s at the core of the aforementioned: egocentrism. We must fight the human mind’s proclivity to favor the egocentric. Engage with the following vocabulary words to expand your analyses of egocentrism.

Egocentric myopia: the natural tendency to think in an absolutist way within an overly narrow point of view.

Egocentric memory: the natural tendency to “forget” evidence and information that do not support our thinking and to “remember” evidence and information that do.

Egocentric righteousness: the natural tendency to feel superior in the light of our confidence that we possess the Truth when we do not.

Egocentric hypocrisy: the natural tendency to ignore flagrant inconsistencies—for example, between what we profess to believe and the actual beliefs our behavior implies or between the standards to which we hold ourselves and those to which we expect others to adhere.

Egocentric oversimplification: the natural tendency to ignore real and important complexities in the world in favor of simplistic notions when consideration of those complexities would require us to modify our beliefs or values.

Egocentric blindness: the natural tendency to not notice facts and evidence that contradict our favored beliefs or values.

Egocentric immediacy: the natural tendency to over-generalize immediate feelings and experiences, so that when one event in our life is highly favorable or unfavorable, all of life seems favorable or unfavorable to us.

Egocentric absurdity: the natural tendency to fail to notice thinking that has “absurd” consequences.

Dr. Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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6 comments

  1. Thank you for another fantastic post. Where else may just anyone get that type of information in such an ideal manner of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the look for such information.

  2. Very well stated Dr. Daniels! I deal with people that could be categorized as egocentric! I enjoy critical thinking but I must agree it is mostly frowned upon today even among intellectuals!

    1. Thank you very much! Unfortunately, it seems like egocentrism is the order of the day: increasingly, more and more people are egocentric. Egocentrism almost appears inescapable in our postmodern moment. Yes, even many intellectuals fail to commit themselves to authentic critical thinking. When we devote ourselves to critical thinking, we grow and we grow those around us. Critical thinking and creativity are two essential missing elements in our K-12 public schools.

  3. This reminds me of a book I read at least once a year called ‘Relational Mask” by Russel Willingham. It talks about the different mask humans beings put on in order to run from the reality of life and their truths. It is a hard book to read especially if you have a lot of issues going on inside you have to fix but it gives you a place to start. Thank you for the reality check.

    1. That’s what I love most about his book: it challenges readers to frankly confront those “hard” phenomena in their lives. Through sincere healing work with those “tough” things, we begin the process of liberating ourselves from the bondage or attempted bondage of those “hard” things. Through unmasking those things that try to keep us bound and blind, we strike a mighty blow against the Enemy’s plan to kill, steal and destroy.

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