What does it mean to have a sense of entitlement?

If you think someone has a sense of entitlement, how would you describe their behavior? What does that mean when someone has one?

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  • Someone with a sense of entitlement feels like they DESERVE something without having to work for it, because of who or what they are.

    For example, a person from an "important family" in a town might think he deserves to be captain of the football team, or Homecoming King, or student body president, just because of his last name, regardless of any other qualifications, or him working for it.

    And of course, many lower-income people feel they deserve to be given tax money simply because they don't have any other income, despite them making NO attempt to take care of themselves. Example: I met the family of a friend of a friend of mine. In that family, the dad was in his late 50s and has NEVER had a job. He lived off of disability despite having no issues getting around, lifting things, standing or walking for long periods of time, etc. His wife had had a job at one point, but had been on disability for 8 years. They had young adult children, all healthy, who played sports and such, but who were all also on disability. They also lived in a Section 8 home, had had other "assistance". And while they weren't wealthy, they were living a solid middle-class life completely on tax-payer dollars. Why? Because they felt they were OWED "a decent living, without having to put up with the crazy 'rules and restrictions' (read: getting to work on time, not being drunk or high, doing actual work) of an employer". They had taught their kids how to defraud the system the same way they did, and their kids similarly felt entitled to total government (read: taxpayer) care.

    I'm not suggesting that everyone using such programs are doing this; many use them for legitimate reasons, especially soldiers who were injured while serving the country. Those folks DID sacrifice for the taxpayer greatly, and deserve our support and whatever money they need to live. Yet, they ironically are the ones who tend to be grateful, while the ones who have never done anything for society tend to be the ones who feel entitled.

    What made the US a great country was that people could come here and get what they earned, but we eventually went too far and now many people in our country think they're owed things they've never earned, just because they exist, and that's not right.

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  • Having a sense of entitlement means expecting other people to put you ahead of themselves and their own lives. Unless they are your children, you come first.

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  • U deserve something.

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  • Cocky, arrogant over confident, etc... But the thing is, some people are ok to have entitlement, they EARNED it. People like breastfeeding mothers who think their entitled to do it in public, did not earn that. They think that just because they're a woman, they should be able to.

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  • I dont know but yhe over use of the word entitlement by certain gager users (you all know who you are) indicates a lazy and mentally retarted vocabulary.

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