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Psychological Entitlement

  • By: W. Keith Campbell & Laura E. Buffardi
  • In: Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
  • Edited by: Roy F. Baumeister & Kathleen D. Vohs
  • Subject:Social Psychology (general)
Definition

Psychological entitlement refers to a general belief that one deserves more or is entitled to more than others are. Psychological entitlement is defined as a general belief because it is consistent over time and across different situations.

Context and Importance

The concepts of entitlement and deservingness play an important role in much of social life. They both reflect the commonly held idea that when individuals contribute to a situation, they should get something back in return. When individuals do not get what they feel they are entitled to or deserve, they consider the situation unjust or unfair, and may get upset or angry and seek redress.

Entitlement and deservingness are similar but have slightly different meanings. Entitlement usually refers to a reward that a person should receive as ...

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