Egocentricity is fairly common after a brain injury. The individual behaves as if the world revolves around them and they appear not to consider the feelings and needs of their family and friends. This can be very distressing to close family members and upsetting to friends as there is an apparent lack of warmth and empathy. This can lead to social isolation for the ABI survivor as their friends may turn away from them.
Egocentricity is not selfishness or lack of feeling in the ordinary sense. The individual, due to their cognitive impairment, may simply be unaware of the needs of others or, as described earlier, be unable to see things from another person’s point of view.