If You Have These Personality Traits, You Were Probably Spoiled As A Child

If You Have These Personality Traits, You Were Probably Spoiled As A Child

The temptation for parents to spoil their child is natural —  they want their offspring to have everything they never did growing up, and kids are just so cute that how can they not give in to their every whim? Unfortunately, doing this creates a monster, especially when that adorable little kid becomes an adult. If you have any of these traits, chances are your parents gave you a bit too much growing up.

1. Entitlement

Spoiled children often grow into adults who feel entitled to the best of everything without having to work for it. They believe they deserve special treatment and are quick to feel slighted when they don’t get their way. This sense of entitlement can often lead to drama in both their personal and professional relationships.

2. Impatience

If you were used to getting your way immediately as a child, you might struggle with patience as an adult. Spoiled children often have difficulty waiting for things they want and can become impatient and frustrated easily. This impatience can interfere with their ability to persevere and work towards long-term goals.

3. Lack of Gratitude

Spoiled children may take things for granted because they’re used to getting what they want. This can translate into adults who lack gratitude and appreciation for what they have. This lack of gratitude can often lead to dissatisfaction and a constant desire for more.

4. Difficulty Compromising

Spoiled children are often used to getting their way, which can make it challenging for them to compromise as adults. They might struggle in situations that require give-and-take or flexibility. This can create challenges in their interpersonal relationships and in situations that require teamwork.

5. Poor Financial Management

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If you were spoiled as a child, you might struggle with money management as an adult. This can be a result of never having to consider the value of money or the consequences of overspending. This lack of financial responsibility can lead to serious financial difficulties in adulthood.

6. Inability to Handle Failure or Rejection

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Spoiled children are often shielded from disappointment, which can result in adults who struggle to handle failure or rejection. They might take it personally and have a hard time bouncing back from setbacks. This can hinder their personal growth and resilience.

7. Dependence on Others

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Spoiled children often rely on their parents to solve their problems, leading to adults struggling with independence. They might constantly seek help from others and have trouble making decisions independently. This dependence can limit their ability to be self-reliant and resourceful in various life situations.

8. Difficulty Accepting Responsibility

If you were spoiled as a child, you might struggle with taking responsibility for your actions. Spoiled children often have their mistakes overlooked or excused, leading to adults who blame others for their shortcomings. This avoidance of responsibility can hinder their personal and professional growth.

9. Tendency to Manipulate

Spoiled children often learn that they can get their way by manipulating others. This can translate into adults who use manipulation to get what they want, rather than open and honest communication. This behavior can lead to mistrust and strained relationships with others.

10. Poor Problem-Solving Skills

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Spoiled children often have their problems solved for them by their parents. This can lead to adults who struggle with problem-solving and may feel overwhelmed when faced with difficult situations. This lack of problem-solving skills can make it difficult for them to navigate life’s challenges independently.

11. Difficulty with Structure and Discipline

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If you were spoiled as a child, you might find it hard to stick to routines or follow rules as an adult. As a child, you might have been allowed to do as you pleased, which can lead to a lack of self-discipline in adulthood. This can be a challenge in settings that require adherence to rules and procedures, like the workplace.

12. Struggles with Sharing

Spoiled kids often don’t have to share their belongings with siblings or friends. This can lead to adults who struggle with sharing, whether it’s their time, resources, or even emotional support. This can make forming deep, reciprocal relationships with other people more challenging.

13. Overreliance on External Validation

If you were spoiled as a child, you might have been praised excessively and given attention whenever you demanded it. This can lead to an overreliance on external validation in adulthood, with a constant need for approval from others. This can hinder your ability to develop a strong sense of self-worth that’s independent of other people’s opinions.

14. Tendency to Quit When Things Get Tough

Spoiled children often don’t have to face the consequences of giving up, as parents may step in to solve their problems. As adults, they might have a tendency to quit when things get difficult, rather than persevering and finding solutions. This can limit their ability to face adversity and can impact their personal and professional growth.

15. Difficulty with Constructive Criticism

If you were not used to hearing ‘no’ or receiving feedback as a child, you might struggle with constructive criticism as an adult. Spoiled children can grow into adults who perceive criticism, however well-intentioned, as a personal attack. This can hinder their ability to learn from mistakes and improve themselves.

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Originally from Australia, Emma Mills graduated from the University of Queensland with a dual degree in Philosophy and Applied Linguistics before moving to Los Angeles to become a professional matchmaker (a bit of a shift, obviously). Since 2015, she has helped more than 150 people find lasting love and remains passionate about bringing amazing singletons together.

Emma is also the author of the upcoming Hachette publication, "Off the Beaten Track: Finding Lasting Love in the Least Likely of Places," due out in January 2025.