Some people believe society should be ruled by the upper hand. This is the system they choose for the world. And they believe in the words ” The strong shall live and the weak shall not survive”. This is the basis of any over sized ego. Obviously you must have a healthy dosage of ego, to uphold your pride as a human being. But we need not do things based on selfish whims. But, most of us do things for our benefit and for the welfare of others. There is a huge difference between ego and confidence.
Can you tell if the person has a healthy awareness and confidence or suffers from a giant ego? Yes, there are some symptoms of an over sized ego.
1. They Have To Always Be Right
According to famous psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, We absolutely must require an ego to function as humans as the ego operates according to the reality principle. In an article in Simply Psychology, “The ego considers social realities and norms, etiquette and rules in deciding how to behave.” The ego is our compass, on how to behave in society. Egotistical people have the tendency to be always proved right in any conversation.
2. They are left wanting more
A person suffering from an inflated ego is never satisfied. They are addicted to the high they get from reaching goals. They need more of everything. If a neighbor got a new sports car, they want a better sports car just to show them they are better.
3. They Must Always Win
If they can’t be number one in everything they do, their ego will be hurt.They expect the world to revolve around their needs.
4. They Require Constant Recognition
They will retell past stories of their achievement for being constantly recognized by people. They are interested to be constantly admired by others.
5. They Have One-sided Conversations
Egotistical people will talk excessively, and when someone tries to point out something that is not about them, they will get upset. Egotistical people don’t ask, “What can I do for you?” They are only concerned with what anyone can do for them.
6. They Lack Empathy
They lack the empathy quality in themselves and they are unable to show compassion to others.
Dr. Sam Vaknin says “Normal people use a variety of abstract concepts and psychological constructs to relate to other persons. Emotions are such modes of inter-relatedness. Narcissists and psychopaths are different. They only understand one language. SELF INTEREST!