Is there any interesting phrase or word used to describe a person who wants others to pay all their attention to him and think himself important than anyone?


I checked synonyms for self-centered and found:

egotistical, self-absorbed, self-serving; narcissistic, inconsiderate

plus the rather informal idiomatic phrase:

looking out for number one.

which dictionaries define as:

To act in one's own interests; to act in a manner advantageous primarily to oneself; to do what you think is best for yourself and not care about other people.


"high-maintenance" - informal (of a person or relationship) demanding a lot of attention.

"self-important" - having too high an opinion of oneself

You can even combine them:

  • My girlfriend is a self-important, high-maintenance girl. - She is having a high opinion of herself and demands a lot of attention.
  • Ohh! I’m upvoting for high-maintenance. That’s a good one, particularly in the context of romantic relationships.
    – J.R.
    Jan 12 '18 at 10:16

Attention whore

'Attention whore' is a mildly derogatory term for someone who will act-out in order to garner unnecessary attention. Being slang, it is more difficult to find authoritative citations; however, this is the best I've found.

From Wiktionary.com:

1: (derogatory, vulgar, idiomatic) An individual that routinely solicits attention through inappropriate tactics and provocation.

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