What is the definition of "self-oriented"?


According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-oriented means to be "overly concerned with one's own desires, needs or interests." A self-oriented person plans activities to maximize personal benefit.

Depending upon the circumstance, every person is self-oriented to some degree. A productive worker in a self-oriented mode keeps focusing only on the task at hand until the job is done to earn a paycheck. If the worker loses focus and becomes unproductive, the job may be gone and therefore, so will the money.

In contrast, an other-oriented person plans activities to maximize benefit for others before any personal benefit. An other-oriented person anonymously donates money to a charity. An other-oriented parent with limited funds chooses to spend money on a daughter's new swing-set instead of a grown-up night out.

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[n., adj. awr-ee-uhnt, ‐ee-ent, ohr-; v. awr-ee-ent, ohr‐]
the east; the eastern region of the heavens or the world.
to adjust with relation to, or bring into due relation to surroundings, circumstances, facts, etc.
to familiarize (a person) with new surroundings or circumstances, or the like: lectures designed to orient the new students.
to place in any definite position with reference to the points of the compass or other locations: to orient a building north and south.
to direct or position toward a particular object: Orient it toward that house.
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