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"Mine Is Better"
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"Mine Is Better"
Egocentric means centered or focused on oneself and interested only in one’s own interests, needs, and views.
Egocentric people tend to practice
have difficulty seeing issues from a variety of viewpoints.
Mine Is Better
The tendency is attributable to a "mine-is-better" perspective, which we all have to a greater or lesser extent.
It is natural enough to like our own possessions better than other people's
Our possessions is an extension of ourselves
For many people, most of the time, the "mine-is-better" tendency is balanced by the awareness that other people feel the same way about their things
Many people realize that we all see ourselves in a special way, different from everything that is not ourselves, and that whatever we associate with ourselves becomes apart of us in our minds.
The problem is, some people do not understand that
each person has a special viewpoint.
For them, “mine is better” is not an
attitude that everyone has about his or her things.
Rather, it is a special,
higher truth about their particular situation.
Psychologists classify such people as either egocentric or ethnocentric.
Egospeak, they explain, is “the art of boosting our own
egos by speaking only about what we want to talk about, and not caring about what the other person wants to talk about
This is called
The world exists for them and is defined by their beliefs and values: What disturbs them should disturb everyone; what is of no consequence to them is unimportant. This attitude makes it difficult for egocentric people to observe, listen, and understand.
Ethnocentric means excessively centered or focused on one’s group. We can feel a sense of identification with our racial-ethnic group, religion, or culture without being ethnocentric.
We can also prefer the company of people who share our heritage
and perspective over the company of others without being intolerant. The
familiar is naturally more comfortable than the unfamiliar and to pretend
otherwise is to delude ourselves.
What distinguishes ethnocentric individuals from those who feel a normal sense of identification with their group is that ethnocentric people believe:
(a) that their group is not merely different from other groups but fundamentally and completely superior to them.
(b) That the motivations and intentions of other groups are suspect. These beliefs create a bias that blocks critical thinking.
Ethnocentric people are eager to challenge the views of other groups but unwilling to question the views of
their own group. As a result, they tend to respond to complex situations with oversimplifications. They acknowledge no middle ground to issues—things are all one way, the way that accords with their group’s perspective. They also tend to form negative stereotypes of other groups
Ethnocentric people’s prejudice has an additional function. It fills
their need for an out-group to blame for real and imagined problems in
Can you control "mine is better" thinking?
The Problem With “Mine is Better” Attitude
Our preference for our own thinking can prevent us from identifying flaws in our own ideas.
Also prevents us from building on other people’s ideas.
Pride in our own religion can cause us to dismiss the beliefs/ practices of others and ignore the mistakes in our religion.
“Mine-is-better” thinking is the most basic problem for critical thinkers because, left unchecked, it can distort perception and corrupt judgment.
It tempts us to forgo evaluation and take it for granted that our idea is best.
Our allegiance to our own opinions can shut us off from other perspectives, blind us to unfamiliar truths, and enslave us to yesterday’s conclusions.
Our readiness to accept uncritically those who appeal to our preconceived notions leaves us vulnerable to those who would manipulate us for their own purposes.
Controlling “mine is better” Thinking
What does this attitude do to judgment?
- it distorts ones judgment beyond correction.
Controlling our “mine-is-better” tendencies, we can achieve a significant degree of objectivity.
Gain control of “mine-is-better” thinking is to keep in mind that, like other people, we too are prone to it and that its influence will be strongest when the subject is one we really care about.
Another way to control “mine-is-better” thinking is to be alert for signals of its presence.
Can be found in feelings and thoughts.
Resist the response and make yourself consider the situation fair-mindedly.
Resisting the response and thinking fairly will be hard because ones ego will offer many reasons why you should follow “mine is better” thinking.
Controlling yourself can benefit you in the sense of becoming a better critical thinker.
What to do if you become victimized to “mine is better”?
Think About It…
Think of two illustrations of your own “mine-is better”thinking.Describe that thinking and the way in which you first became aware of it. If you can, determine what caused you to develop that way of thinking.
The Basic Problem:“Mine Is Better”
By: (Group 6) Erica Edwards, Mecca Burks, Shakeerah Sheard, Brittany Washington, Sundas Ramadan
Did you know...
"It doesn’t matter if everyone in the world thinks you’re wrong. If you think you’re right, that’s all that counts."