1. When we prioritize our self-interest above all else, we fear losing what we have acquired or achieved.
This fear manifests in various forms, such as fear of financial loss, loss of status, or loss of personal possessions. The more you are attached to your own self-interest, the greater the fear you have of losing it.
2. A strong focus on self-interest leads to constant competition and comparison with others.
We fear falling behind and not measuring up to the standards we've set for ourselves or that society has imposed. This fear of not being "good enough" is the source of our anxiety and insecurity.
3. Excessive self-interest isolates us from meaningful connections with others.
When we are primarily concerned with our own needs and desires, we neglect and distance ourselves from relationships and community. This isolation leads to a fear of loneliness or abandonment, as well as a sense of disconnection from the support and empathy of others.