Forum Archives

Return to Forum List

Selfish People - didn't know where to put this

You are not logged in. Login here or register.

wannabenormal posted 6/27/2014 23:30 PM

Am I the only one that thinks people, mostly in general, are just selfish and self-centered these days?

Talking to a good GF tonight, she's been through the wringer and not one of her siblings helped her in her time of need...but a couple have crawled out of woodwork because they need her. Really?

Like she's 1 of 5; she's BEEN taking care of their help from siblings and now one 'needs' something and thinks she should help. After 20+ yrs of helping everyone else, she said no this time (the sibling is all mad).

I'm proud of her...but it made me realize, most people are just so selfish! Because she's doing ok, she SHOULD help (nevermind when she wasn't, he did nothing! Grrr!)

[This message edited by wannabenormal at 11:42 PM, June 27th (Friday)]

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/28/2014 06:27 AM

That's probably a generalization, and I try to find the good in people, but I do know what you mean.

I have a friend. He lives on the *west* side and his family all lives on the *east* side. When his parents need help, *west* side is beckoned. Drive plowed? West helps. Lawn mowed? West. Gpa died (on east side), West has to go every day and turn on lights/off lights, gather mail, etc. etc.

West works 3 jobs just to keep his head above water and has 2 young children. But can his brothers ever lift a finger to help? Nope. But will he say anything like "Hey East, I will mow the lawn on Saturday if you can mow it on Wed!" But he won't. He is a doormat to his selfish siblings and it drives his wife & me crazy

lynnm1947 posted 6/28/2014 07:32 AM

On the other hand, I had a wonderful example of unselfishness happen to me lately. I went to Home Sense to buy a mirror. The mirror I chose was so heavy, I couldn't even lift it into a cart. I'm strong, but my hands are arthritic and are sometimes prone to not working. A young couple nearby saw me and the girl said, "Could I volunteer my boyfriend to help you?" Boyfriend didn't just lift it into a cart for me; he carried it all the way to the checkout line and spent another ten minutes waiting for me to actually get through the lineup and in front of the cashier. I was so thankful. And gratified that kindness to strangers is still valued in some young people.

Clarrissa posted 6/28/2014 07:42 AM

Know what you mean, wanna. I've been in your GFs place. Essentially unnoticed until someone needs/wants something. And they took for granted that I would accomodate them. If I didn't, they'd act affronted. Reverse the situation and they couldn't be bothered/had an excuse why they couldn't.

So yeah, I'd have to agree that overall, people are selfish/self entitled and have gotten more so in recent years.

Sad in AZ posted 6/28/2014 07:49 AM

You could, of course, turn this around and ask why are some people doormats? There is nothing noble about being walked over all the time.

I hate generalizations, and this one is a doozy.

people, mostly in general, are just selfish and self-centered

This has not been my experience. Some are; most are not. Perhaps you could concentrate on helping your friend get healthy rather than castigating society.

time2grow posted 6/28/2014 08:19 AM

Am I the only one that thinks people, mostly in general, are just selfish and self-centered these days?

Everyone to some degree has issues to work on. I know I do. What I find disappointing is narcissism is rampant. Most don't see it in themselves and they don't want to.

Amazonia posted 6/28/2014 08:26 AM

After 20+ yrs of helping everyone else, she said no this time

It sounds like your friend has conditioned/trained people in her life to come to her when they need something. Firming up her boundaries now is healthy, but she should expect some backlash as people get used to the new boundaries, because 20+ years is a lot of reinforcement for her old boundaries (or lack thereof).

Return to Forum List

© 2002-2018 ®. All Rights Reserved.