The Greed Syn­drome: Seven Signs

The Freeman - - KIDSTUFF - By Man­fred Kets de Vries

1. Overly self-cen­tered be­hav­ior is the first giveaway sign of greedy peo­ple. Greedy peo­ple are al­ways say­ing “me, me, me” with very lit­tle re­gard for the needs and feel­ings of oth­ers.

2. Envy and greed are like twins. While greed is a strong de­sire for more and more pos­ses­sions (such as wealth and power), envy goes one step fur­ther and in­cludes a strong de­sire by greedy peo­ple for the pos­ses­sions of oth­ers.

3. Lack of em­pa­thy is an­other sign of greedy peo­ple. Car­ing – be­ing con­cerned about the feel­ings of oth­ers – is not part of their char­ac­ter. As such, they have lit­tle qualms about caus­ing pain to oth­ers. Their in­abil­ity to em­pathize, their lack of gen­uine in­ter­est in the ideas and feel­ings of oth­ers, and their un­will­ing­ness to take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for their be­hav­ior and ac­tions make them very dif­fi­cult peo­ple to be with.

4. Greedy peo­ple are never sat­is­fied. They look at the world as

a zero-sum-game. In­stead of think­ing that ev­ery­one would ben­e­fit as the pie gets larger, they view the pie as a con­stant and want to have the big­gest part. They truly be­lieve that they de­serve more, even if it comes at some­one else’s ex­pense.

5. Greedy peo­ple are ex­perts in ma­nip­u­la­tion. They are highly tal­ented in tak­ing credit for work done by oth­ers. They can be charm­ing, but their prin­ci­pal agenda is to have peo­ple around them that feed their ego.

6. Greedy peo­ple are into the short run; they are fo­cused on sat­is­fy­ing their im­me­di­ate needs and leave it to oth­ers to cope with the con­se­quences. For ex­am­ple: lead­ers of com­pa­nies who are more in­ter­ested in get­ting their bonuses, in­stead of think­ing up bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions for the or­di­nary em­ploy­ees, or to fairly shar­ing with their em­ploy­ees what­ever earn­ings the com­pany has made.

7. In the pur­suit of their ma­te­rial needs, they know no lim­its. Greedy peo­ple are not good at main­tain­ing bound­aries. They will com­pro­mise moral val­ues and ethics to achieve their goals. They look for loop­holes or clever ways to out­smart the rules and reg­u­la­tions that have been put into place to mod­er­ate this kind of be­hav­ior.

Beware of those signs and promptly act to cor­rect them when they – or any one of those – be­gin to emerge in you.





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