Self-esteem and selfishness

Some people say that self-esteem is a form of being self-centered.

There is one big difference between self-esteem and selfishness.  It’s empathy.

Empathy is the connection between us and others because it makes us interested in and respectful toward others.  When we have genuine self-esteem we have empathy. 

Selfishness on the other hand is self-centered and not interested in others.  Selfishness doesn’t know empathy.

This is the essential difference between self-esteem and selfishness: having or not having empathy.

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