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Definition of Egocentrism

(noun) Concern for your own interests and well-being over all others; self-centeredness.

Egocentrism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: e·go·cen·trism

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /eegoh-sEn-triz-uhm/
  • British English – /eegoh-sEn-tri-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /ˌiɡoˈsɛnˌtɹɪzəm/
  • British English: /ˌiːgəʊˈsentɹɪz(ə)m/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: egocentrisms
  • Egocentrism is the opposite of altruism.
  • Also called egocentricity.
  • An (noun) egocentrist exhibits egocentrism (adverb) egocentristically in an (adjective) egocentric or (adjective) egocentristic manner.

Related Quotation

  • “Having designated as ‘egoism’ the condition in which the ego pursues its own life and is obedient only to itself, the designation ‘altruism‘ adequately expresses the opposite condition in which the ego is not its own property. It is blended with something other than itself, and the goal of conduct is external to itself, that is, in one of the groups in which it participates. Thus we call the suicide caused by intense altruism ‘altruistic suicide'” (Durkheim [1897] 2004:77).

Additional Information

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Durkheim, Émile. [1897] 2004. “Suicide.” Pp. 65–83 in Readings from Emile Durkheim. Rev. ed., edited and translated by K. Thompson. New York: Routledge.

Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Egocentrism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “egocentrism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/egocentrism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

egocentrism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/egocentrism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “egocentrism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 24, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/egocentrism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“egocentrism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/egocentrism/>.