An individual who suffers from entitlement syndrome is generally considered to have narcissistic tendencies. However, there are distinct differences related to how such a person runs their life.
Those narcissists may be more focused on superficial aspects or areas connected to vanity, while someone with an exaggerated sense of entitlement expects and sometimes demands things because no one makes the effort to end such behavior.
These child-like tendencies can manifest over decades into the usual stereotypes of the spoiled children of wealthy parents or the athlete whose educational failings are ignored because of their talent. Psychoanalyst Patrick Mahony rarely sees those examples on a personal level, yet ends up seeing many of the latest examples to fit that category.
Wealth doesn’t have to be a link to any such diagnosis, which can be where conflict about keeping individuals on some form of public assistance tends to arise. In these cases, those who are provided living arrangements or have access to such help as food stamps or other welfare-based benefits can sometimes gain a sense of entitlement. The thought of having to change their life in order to continue receiving such compensation becomes a source of protest.
Selfishness is at the forefront of any interaction with an entitled person. The aforementioned spoiled child may continue to get into trouble, simply because similar circumstances have resulted in them avoiding any responsibility. Also, that athlete may become impossible to handle because they know that their particular talent can’t be replaced.
Patrick Mahony knows that the demands of entitled individuals usually result in fleeting relationships with the embattled people who have to deal with them. For some, that can lead to a life of loneliness or despair because they lack the coping mechanisms to adapt their life in a more positive manner.