Psychology defines entitlement as a personality trait in which someone believes they deserve more from society than what they actually receive, even when these demands are unreasonable and unreasonable.
Entitled men, commonly referred to as entitled Kens, often expect special treatment from everyone around them and can make life unbearable for all involved.
1. They believe they are better than everyone else.
Entitled men, commonly known as entitled Kens, expect special treatment regardless of what their request entails – be it canceling at the last minute, not showing up for appointments, or demanding additional resources from others in order to complete tasks successfully. This often results in cancelations at short notice or no-show appointments due to these “entitled Kens’ demands.
Reason being, they feel superior or more important than other people and thus exhibit double standards in all their actions and decisions.
Researchers have observed that entitled people tend to display an exaggerated sense of deservingness and superiority. This trait, known as entitlement, can create problems in the workplace as well as lead to conflicts among friends and family members.
Case Western Reserve University recently conducted research which suggests that an attitude of entitlement can have devastating psychological and social repercussions, leading to chronic disappointment and unmet expectations that can set in motion a self-perpetuating cycle of behavior that leads to depression or other severe problems.
According to this research study, entitled people are more likely to disregard rules they view as unfair than follow them. While prior research had demonstrated this correlation, this latest research sheds further light on why and offers solutions for managing them more effectively.
Researchers first looked to see whether people who ranked higher in entitlement tended to have inaccurate perceptions of status. They did this by comparing self-rated status ratings with peer ratings.
People who were more entitled tended to perceive themselves as having greater status and dominance than their peers did, in line with cognitive distortions (Grubbs & Exline, 2016). More likely than their counterparts they believed others respected or had power over them – an indicator of social rank which can be achieved either through prestige- or dominance-based strategies.
People high in entitlement were also more likely to display rude and disrespectful behaviors toward others, another status-seeking strategy. Furthermore, these individuals used intimidation and coercion tactics more often in order to achieve social rank, which is another form of dominance-based tactics.
2. They have double standards.
Entitled people may believe they deserve things they haven’t earned; for instance, good grades or promotion opportunities; they could even believe someone should pay them back for something they did in the past.
Research suggests that those with higher levels of entitlement often ignore basic instructions and standards, which can cause problems when others need to follow them. Researchers conducted an online survey with over 200 participants and discovered those with the most entitlement were less likely to adhere to basic rules.
These individuals were more likely to make up rules as they went along, making them appear even more self-absorbed and entitled. Some believed that life should work for them rather than everyone else.
Traumatized behavior often stems from feelings of deprivation. Someone suffering from such trauma might believe that they deserve things like food, clothing or housing as compensation for what may have been difficult experiences growing up.
But they often possess the need to remain in control and avoid vulnerability, making them dangerous around others. Furthermore, these people may believe they are better than other people and feel entitled to be treated accordingly; when this doesn’t occur as expected they can quickly turn angry towards those around them.
Have you ever encountered someone who seems overly entitled? It can be challenging to gain an accurate sense of what they’re thinking and feeling; therefore, it is crucial that when confronting these individuals you use caution.
At its core, the best way to deal with an entitled individual is being open with them and honest about their demands being unreasonable and that they cannot expect everything they desire in life. By doing this you may help them to recognize they must adjust their expectations and priorities in life accordingly.
They should understand that being entitled does not excuse one from working hard for what they want; though this may be hard to accept, if you wish to move past these types of people in your life.
3. They don’t like being told “No.”
Researchers from Cornell and Harvard Medical Schools conducted a joint study which revealed that entitled men are resistant to being told “No.”
Researchers discovered that those considered entitled were much less likely to follow instructions than other people due to feeling they are unfair or will incur some type of loss by following them.
These are just some reasons why they may resent being told “No.” However, learning how to say no can also bring many advantages.
One of the greatest advantages is helping to identify your needs and wants more clearly, giving you greater confidence when accepting opportunities that could benefit your life in other ways.
Saying no can have many other advantages for both health and happiness, including reduced stress levels. By focusing more on what matters to you, saying no may help to lower blood pressure and immune levels, help sleep more soundly, and increase energy.
Additionally, this can also help you feel happier and more satisfied in your relationships, by encouraging honest dialogue amongst family and friends.
If you have been an entitled person for some time, setting firm boundaries with loved ones may take time and practice to learn how to do. At first it can be frustrating but will ultimately pay off in spades.
As part of this process, it will likely involve losing users and leaches along the way; this should not be taken personally; once you learn how to do this successfully it will become second nature for you and you will feel much better overall.
Learning to set clear, firm boundaries with others and say no when necessary can be hard, but is ultimately necessary if you wish to feel good about yourself and your life. Doing this will allow you to stop feeling angry or resentful towards yourself or others while increasing the enjoyment of living more fully.
4. They only care about their own needs and wants.
An individual with entitlement expectations often believes they deserve special treatment based on their upbringing, experiences with parents or other authority figures, or media messages they’ve encountered.
When they feel they don’t receive what they believe they deserve, these individuals tend to react with anger or make threats in order to feel protected against rejection. They do this as an attempt to shield themselves from feeling like an outsider in society.
They can be very manipulative and aggressive, making them hard to manage. Due to insecurity and attention-seeking behaviors, they may also become depressed and self-isolated, compounding the difficulty in doing business with them.
These individuals only care about themselves and won’t listen to anyone else. Their only aim in life is to satisfy themselves, so they will do anything necessary to attain what they desire.
One of their primary strategies is exploiting others to get what they want – lying or emotionally blackmailing people can do this, often without even realizing it has caused harm to other individuals.
Due to their lack of empathy, when confronted by lies they will not be able to apologize or admit the harm done as they cannot comprehend the implications of their actions.
People with an entitlement mentality often fail to listen because they believe themselves superior to everyone else and thus resent others for not treating them with fairness and dignity. This leads to them not taking others into consideration when making decisions that affect them personally.
Exploritive entitlement can also contribute to this type of behavior.
Non-exploitive entitlement can also be considered. People with this belief feel they should be rewarded for the work they put into their lives rather than receiving gifts for free. While this can be seen as positive, it’s essential to remember that any rewards earned must first be earned through hard work.
Identify any entitlement issues immediately by consulting mental health professionals or online resources for support.