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Self-interest generally refers to a focus on the needs or desires (interests) of oneself. By extension, it can mean:
- Narcissism, an unhealthy self-absorption due to a disturbance in the sense of self
- Individualism, a philosophy stressing the worth of individual selves
- Psychological egoism, the view that humans are always motivated by self-interest
- Ethical egoism, the ethical position that moral agents ought to do what is in their own self-interest
- Rational egoism, the position that all rational actions are those done in one's self-interest
- Hedonism, the school of ethics which argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good.
- Epicureanism, a philosophical system related to hedonism
- Enlightened self-interest, a philosophy which states that acting to further the interests of others also serves one's own self-interest
- See also
- Egoism (disambiguation)
- Interest (disambiguation)
- Self (disambiguation)
- Selfish (disambiguation)
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