Selfishness is often seen as a negative quality, but Melissa Deuter, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center, disagrees. She and another expert offer a few reasons why being selfish can be good for you.
- You’ll prioritize your health. Selfish people make time to take care of themselves, especially to exercise.
- You’ll be more successful. Selfish people unapologetically pursue their goals and aren’t shy about asking for raises or promotions.
- Your relationships will be better. Selfish people aren’t easily manipulated by other people and aren’t afraid to set boundaries in their relationships.
- Selfish people tend to be happy people. They spend free time doing things they enjoy and know how to communicate what they like and dislike.
— Adapted from “4 Reasons Why Being Selfish is Good for You,” Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company.