Learning to Be Less Self-Centered
People with TBIs tend to be more self-centered than other people. That was recently brought to my attention by my wonderful wife. For the first few years of having a brain injury, I was all I thought about. I didn’t have to think about anyone besides myself–so I was able to focus on what was really important–my recovery. However, one thing I didn’t learn, and from what I’ve seen of other BI survivors, is to be concerned with others–more than “How are you today?”
What I (and possibly all survivors) need to do is learn to put others’ needs first–at least some of the time. Learning to put the needs of others before my own is something I really don’t know much about. I mean, I’ve lived with a BI for almost 24 years, so honestly, I don’t have a clue to how I should go about shifting my paradigm. Volunteering? Really, I want some insights if people would like to provide them through comments here.