I’m easily annoyed. I know this. Obviously, I think things should be done my way, on my time scale. The world would be a much better place if it were. At least that’s my humble opinion.
To a certain extent, we are all selfish. It’s human nature – a survival skill, really. We HAVE to look out for ourselves because no one else really is. However, there is a fine line between taking care of your needs and being a total, giant, selfish asshat.
Characteristics of asshat-ery:
First and foremost, asshats come in all shapes and sizes, which can be incredibly deceptive. In my experience, I’ve come across three groups of asshats, though I’m sure more exist. Generally speaking, I try to avoid these people at all costs, but sometimes they are cleverly disguised. One must look out for the characteristics before deciding to turn and run.
First, there are the obvious asshats. Those individuals believe that the world, in fact DOES revolve around them, that their problems are the most noteworthy, that their achievements are incomparable. They are difficult to miss. I’m pretty sure the entire Kardashian clan fits in this group.
A less obvious group is the sneak-attack asshat. These people talk about their big hearts and all the wonderful things they do for humanity. They practice yoga and feed the homeless. They don’t raise their voices. They “listen,” or at least they make you think that they listen. They aren’t. They’ve practiced the art of thoughtful deception. They are anxiously awaiting the proper moment to turn the conversation back to them. It’s ninja-like asshat trickery at its finest.
Another group is the repeat offenders of asshat-edness. Yes, sure, it’s known that these people have had selfish behavior in the past, but you decided to look past it because, you are a sucker (like me). You think the friendship is mutual, but in fact, it is very much one-sided, and regrettably, it is not in your favor.
Upon looking closely at these repeat offenders in my life, there seems to be a trend – they happen to be actual friends that exist in my inner circle. How is that possible? They tend to seek out help, advice, and praise more than most. In the same vein, they seem to be incredibly thankful for the time and energy that I’ve wasted on their miniscule problems, but I do it because I have a big heart (=sucker). Because they are overtly appreciative, I don’t actually realize that it’s a trap – that they will not return the same energy to me should I need it. In my own opinion, it’s almost the worst kind of selfishness because it’s entirely deceptive.
My problem is that 99% of the time I’m a perfectly composed, yet irritable individual (that in itself is not the problem). I don’t need extra praise or advice. I can figure it out on my own (or I call my mother, as mothers know everything). It’s not often that I have a moment where I need friendly advice. When that moment does happen, for some reason I tend to go to the same asshat repeat offenders. I know better, yet I apparently love the torture of it.