The Expression Of Self Interest

838 WordsJul 27, 20154 Pages
The expression of self-interest by an individual is to satisfy desires, being indifferent about how their actions affect others (Adams & Maine, 1998). The lack of regard for the interests of others and the focus on one’s satisfaction or pleasure is narrow minded. People are so consumed in their own interest, much less to talk about the interest of others, which made Smith to put it this way, “Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself than any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so. Every man, therefore, is much more deeply interested in whatever immediately concerns himself, than in what concerns any other man,” (Smith 1979: 82-3). Smith’s statement above can be read not only as a rationale for self-interest as a concept but also suggests a basis of self-interest in conflict management. There is nothing stronger in serving the cause of a broken relationship or destruction than when a person is more consumed in self-love and interest rather than giving consideration to the interest of his fellow man. In addressing the interest of others, (Runde & Flanagan, 2013, p. 88-89), suggested three steps: First, think about what the other person might want out of the conflict. This means discussing issues and listening to find out what is important to the person. Noting facts and feelings. Making sure one understands what the other person really wants
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