A New Look at Selfishness

Love to Love Yourself

In the Christian Bible, we are told that Jesus taught the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” The part about loving your neighbor is clear to most people; it is generally accepted that being kind and respectful to others is a virtue. But the part about loving ourselves confuses some people. Isn’t loving yourself considered selfish?

Redefining Selfishness

In his book The Art of Selfishness, David Seabury defines selfishness as “looking after your own needs so that no one else will have to.” And Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of the bestselling book Love, Medicine & Miracles, explains how self-love is the essence of good health: “The extent to which we love ourselves determines whether we eat right, get enough sleep, smoke, wear seat belts, exercise, and so on.”

The Art of Selfishness

To love yourself is an act of respect for yourself, others, and life itself. If you hear a little voice in your head telling you that loving yourself is a bad thing, consider the consequences of not loving yourself. People with low self-esteem tend to become physically ill more often than those with high self-esteem. Also, they are more vulnerable to scams, because they place more importance in other people’s opinions than in their own. And those who lack self-confidence are more likely to settle for lower salaries.

Begin the art of selfishness by taking responsibility for your own needs. Psychic Phillip ext. 9485 reminds us, “No one will take better care of you than you take care of yourself. You set the standard by which others will take you seriously.” Take small steps on a daily basis to build self-confidence and self-reliance. As you take better care of yourself, others will respond to you positively.

In time, you will discover that loving your neighbor as yourself is a sacred circle of balanced energy, where everyone benefits.

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5 thoughts on “A New Look at Selfishness

  1. ann

    Well done …… there is another text
    you might find interesting ……
    goes into a wonderful analysis of why, how,
    great thinkers come to describe selfishness
    positively and what it means …… you’ll have to forgive me,
    I never finished all the chapters ……. these are on false individuality, ethics,
    goverment, man’s rights
    the book is titled The Virtue of Selfishness
    the author Ayn Rand

  2. Charrmayne ext.5058

    This is a good way to start the New Year of 2012. Loving yourself is “SELF INTEREST”. You have to be interested in yourself first before you can share yourself with others.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Anonomous

    I wish I knew what to do about my back burner,been married for 16 yrs and I feel the bunner is going out! help!

  4. Reed x 5105Reed x 5105

    Nice article. While I wouldn’t have defined taking care of ones own needs as selfishness, some people do and they need to know that consistently putting their needs on the back burner isn’t the best way to go.

    Reed 5105


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