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Being Selfish sometimes isn’t really your fault !!

You’re probably one of the nicest people living on the face of the earth. Generous in your deeds, polite in your words and humble in your appearance. People may even look up to you like you're some kind of charming role model. In fact, you yourself may love this positive deeds kind of life. Walking with a smile and bringing smiles on other's faces. Is there anything in you that somebody would hate, of course not !! Quick question, are you always like this? You may love living for others but does that mean you love living for other people 24 x 7? 

What if certain circumstances in your life question you regarding your personal benefits, how often would you want to just give out everything to the people you probably may never even have seen before in your life. How often would you like to share something when you just realized that, there were things you wished to get for so long and now that you’ve given them away, you’re probably never going to see it anyway. Now that you got something again after putting in so much of effort, would you really want to generously give it away this time? 

So maybe you’re not all that goodie-goodie as you thought you were, you’re selfish !! Kidding, you’re not!! Sometimes in life, we tend to be selfish not because we want to hurt people, or because we’re a  heartless 2 legged walking life form. Sometimes it's the circumstances or situations around us that tend to make us a bit more self-centric or self-loving rather than showing love that is selfless. Read and find out 3 other simple reasons that may make you a little more self-loving than loving others.

Selfishness can increase in a person when they’re supposed to act quickly !!

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Selfishness can increase in a person when they’re supposed to act quickly !!

Researchers found that in a situation where an individual has to make quick decisions, their selfish nature may make them want to behave more selfishly than usual while the pro-social people may behave even more pro-socially.

According to researchers, a few reasons may determine when a person may actually resort to being selfish. The reasons include - 

    • When people don’t have much time to make a decision, they may go with what they have done in similar situations in the past.
    • People start with off with a bias whether it is best to be selfish or pro-social. If a person is rushed into something, they’re more likely to go with that bias.
    • However, if they have more time to decide, they are more likely to go against their bias as they may evaluate the options in front of them.

The research was carried out Fadong Chen of Zhejiang University in China and Ian Krajbih, assistant professor of psychology and economics at The Ohio State University. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05994-9

Immature regions in the brain causing lack of self-control in Kids can lead to selfishness !!

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Immature regions in the brain causing lack of self control in Kids can lead to selfishness !!

According to a new study, age-associated improvements in the ability to consider the preferences of other are connected with the maturation of a brain region linked to self-control. This could explain why young kids often struggle to control their selfish impulses, even if they know deep down that what they’re doing is wrong and doing something else entirely could have been the right choice.

Most human interactions often involve two parties who are looking to maximize their own personal benefits while reaching a mutually satisfactory result. Normally an individual who may have had selfish tendencies during their childhood is more likely to transition to that of an adult who may be more focused in considering the equal benefits to others.

Researchers carried out an experiment where they conducted behavioral and brain-imaging studies comparing the kids of different ages as they engaged in 2 carefully constructed games – The Dictator Game and The Ultimatum Game. In the 1st game, the kids were asked to share the reward with another kid who could only passively accept what was given. However in the 2nd game, the taker had to accept the offer and if he/she didn't, neither of the kids would receive an award. 

The following results were observed -

    • Age-related increase in strategic decision making between the ages of 6 to 13 years was observed.
    • It showed that changes in bargaining behavior were accounted for by age-related differences in impulse control abilities and underlying functional activity of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
    • This part of the brain was actually a late maturing brain region connected with the ability of self-control.

Researchers concluded by saying that the egocentric behavior in kids may not be their inability to distinguish “fair” from “unfair” but instead it is due to an immature prefrontal cortex that does not support altruistic behavior when presented with a situation that involves an opportunity for a strong self-serving incentive.

The study was carried out by Dr. Nikolaus Steinbeis from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig.

 Cellphone usage may be linked to selfishness !!

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Cellphone usage may be linked to selfishness !!

Phones have been connecting people ever since its introduction while smartphones are connecting people on a whole new level. And while the phone helps us kill the time or make us a social media star, the truth is, phone users become less socially minded after a certain point in their life. .By talking on a cell phone, this reduced the desire to connect with people socially.

The term Prosocial behavior was used in the study, where it was defined as an action intended to benefit another person or society as a whole.

Researchers carried out an experiment on test groups of cellphone users and established the following results.

    • After a short period of cell phone use, the participants were less inclined to volunteer for a community service activity when asked, unlike their control group counterparts.
    • Cell phone users were also less persistent in solving word problems even after knowing that their right answers would be translated with a  monetary donation to charity.
    • The decreased focus on others held true even when the individuals were simply asked to draw a picture of their mobile phones and just think about how they used them.

According to one of the researchers, cellphones directly evoked feelings of connectivity to others which thereby fulfilled the basic human need to belong in a place. This later results in reducing an individual's personal desire to connect with others or to engage in emphatic and prosocial behavior.

The researchers also carefully sorted out its subjects from users of other social media, like Facebook users in one of the tests. They found that participants felt more connected to others because of their mobile phones and because of their Facebook accounts implying that this difference in connectedness was the prime factor of this particular phenomenon.

The research was carried out Marketing Professors Anastasiya Pocheptsova and Rosellina Ferraro with graduate student Ajay T. Abraham from the University of Maryland.