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Learning to be selfish

We grow up with the idea that we can’t be selfish, that we have to put the needs of others above our own needs in the exchange of love and approval. Therefore, we learn to suppress our selfishness and to replace it with compulsive altruism. By doing this, we don’t learn to treat our immature selfishness, and we end up believing that wanting to be happy itself is selfish. This creates a great internal conflict because you want love and approval, but for this, you have to suppress all your desires. Therefore, you have to be unhappy to be happy.…

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