Dr Joshua Grubbs, who conducted the research, which was published in the Psychological Bulletin is quoted by Springas saying:
"At extreme levels, entitlement is a toxic narcissistic trait, repeatedly exposing people to the risk of feeling frustrated, unhappy and disappointed with life. Often times, life, health, ageing and the social world don’t treat us as well as we’d like. Confronting these limitations is especially threatening to an entitled person because it violates their worldview of self-superiority."
The study looked at 170 cases and determined that entitlement leads to a cycle of disappointment, anger, negativity and a constant need for that person to tell themselves that they are special.
Professor Julie Exline, who was also involved in the study added that this system only creates more issues and can lead to problems with other people: "The entire mindset pits someone against other people. When people think that they should have everything they want — often for nothing — it comes at the cost of relationships with others and, ultimately, their own happiness."
In order to break from this mentality experts believe that individuals should learn to become more humble, more grateful and accept their limitations.
Psychology Today also offers some other alternatives to solving the problem.
These include retrospectively reflecting on annoying incidents from someone else's perspective, promoting others achievements and stop justifying things to yourself that are wrong.
Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.