Feelings: Entitlement

Welcome to Feelings, a semi-regular gallery of popular culture GIFs, dedicated to a specific emotion. This week we have entitlement - as in, a sense of entitlement. Distinctly different from the frustration of being denied basic rights every person deserves (respect, equality, autonomy, access etc), a sense of entitlement is all about the mindset of I-want-it-give-it-to-me, which frequently intrudes on (or implicitly negates) the needs of others.   

See below for who wore it best (answer: nobody).

Entitlement looks kind of ugly, but there are a lot of reasons someone might carry around a sense of entitlement (unacknowledged privilege, overcompensating for feelings of shame, an empathy deficit, a poor understanding of boundaries etc). People are jerks for all sorts of reasons. Everyone is a jerk sometimes. If the feedback you've received indicates that you're acting like a jerk most of the time, talking to a professional -  and listening to the experience of others - might help.



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Male Sexual Entitlement is Killing Women by Ruby Hamad

The Lie of Entitlement by Terrence Crowley

“Listen when I talk to you!”: How white entitlement marred my trip to a Ferguson teach-in by Brittney Cooper

See also - Feelings: RageFeelings: Entitlement, Feelings: Avoidance, Feelings: Numbness

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