This is something I noticed among some people I discuss with. When some opinion relative subjects are raised, they tend to imply that, according to their "normality", everyone is behaving like them or have the same opinions on the matters as they do.

The following is an example of a conversation

Acquaintance: We prefer food A. Food A is much better than food B which is clearly more expensive and not nearly as good.

Me (the tendency): Please, could you stop being (a)/(an) ____? Not everyone have all have the same taste, hobbies and point of views as you do.

One expression I thought about which kinda describes the act of doing that is picturing one self in the others, but it isn't exactly what I am looking for, as it is closer to a parent seeing one self in their child.

I also thought about enforcing your point of view, but that is closer to forcibly convincing your correspondent during an argument.

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    Projecting: to wrongly imagine that someone else is feeling a particular emotion or desire when in fact it is you who feels this way? Jul 23, 2020 at 20:46
  • Your example is mild, not self-centered. Can you exaggerate so we understand? Jul 23, 2020 at 21:55
  • I think the proper term is "human".
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 24, 2020 at 0:57
  • @YosefBaskin Currently trying to find an appropriate exaggerated example, but so far I only found some controversial ones (which I would like to avoid posting), because of which I'm also considering to delete the question.
    – Clockwork
    Jul 24, 2020 at 6:38
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    @DecapitatedSoul In the end, I think "Projecting" was the most appropriate word for what I wanted to say.
    – Clockwork
    Apr 2, 2021 at 18:26

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Egocentrism: the inability to differentiate between self and other. More specifically, it is the inability to untangle subjective schemas from objective reality and an inability to accurately assume or understand any perspective other than one's own.

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