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Chapter 10. Taking Charge of Your Irrati... > Understanding Egocentrism as a Mind ...

Understanding Egocentrism as a Mind Within the Mind

Egocentric thinking functions subconsciously, like a mind within us that we deny we have. No one says, “I think I will think egocentrically for a while.” Its ultimate goals are gratification and self-validation (Figure 10.2). It does not respect the rights and needs of others—though it may be protective of those with whom it ego-identifies. When we are thinking egocentrically, we see ourselves as right and just. We see those who disagree with us as wrong and unjustified.

Figure 10.2. This figure shows the two fundamental motives behind egocentric thinking.



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