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    Egocentric

    'Egocentric' is closer to meaning 'egoistic' or 'egotistic'?

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    Re: Egocentric

    Quote Originally Posted by AH020387 View Post
    'Egocentric' is closer to meaning 'egoistic' or 'egotistic'?
    'Egoistic' is 'egotistic'
    Egoism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    How do you see the difference?

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    Re: Egocentric

    ***not a teacher***
    Hi there,
    You, as native speakers definitely have a better understanding of the words used in your language. However, I'd like to share the following information, from the book Word Power Made Easy, by Norman Lewis.

    Egoist: Your attitude to life is simple and direct. Every decision you make is based on the answer to one question: "What's in it for me?" And all you want is self-advancement.

    Egotist: You're always boastful to the point of being obnoxious. You have only one string to your conversational violin, namely, yourself; and on it you play a number of monotonous variations: what you think, what you have done, how how good you are, etc.

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    Re: Egocentric

    And, in the same book, it's mentioned that, egocentric is an extreme form of the egoist.

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    Re: Egocentric

    Interesting

    I had always though that egoism and egotism were simply alternative forms of the same word. However, my Concise Oxford Dictionary tells me (defining -ism rather than -ist):

    egoism -an ethical theory that treats self-interest as the foundation of morality.
    egotism - 1. the practice of continually talking about oneself; self-centredness
    2. an exaggerated opinion of oneself; conceit
    3. selfishness

    It also says: "The senses of egoism and egotism overlap, but egoism alone is used in philosophy and psychology to mean 'self-interest' (often contrasted with altruism.)"

    Well, well. You live and learn.

    The COD also gives:
    egocentric - 1. centred in the ego
    2. self-centred, egoistic.

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    Question Re: Egocentric

    Having shared that section from the book I mentioned, I still can't get why egocentric is an extreme form of egoist, but not egotist. (I hope you'll correct me on this!) To put it simply, I think an egoist wants all for themselves, and an egotist has the mania for pushing themselves forward (?!). And, a kid could be egocentric when they think the whole world is going on to get them choccies, toys, etc.!


    I hope somebody will correct me.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Egocentric

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    I hope somebody will correct me.
    As I thought until yesterday that egoist and egotist were two versions of the same word, my opinion would be little more than guesswork.

    All I can say is that the COD gives egoist as one definition of egocentric; there is no mention of extreme form.

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