My wife was talking about the adolescent stage of development. She described it as a point in life where a person is very ego-centric but fails to accept responsibility for their own actions. It is the "everything happens to me" stage in life. She used her students as an example:
Student: Mrs. V., you gave me a zero.
Trica: No I didn't.
Student: Yes you did. You gave me a zero and now I'm failing your class.
Tricia: No sweetie, I don't give grades, students earn them. You didn't turn in your assignments so you earned a zero. Because you earned so many zeroes, you earned a failing grade in my class. See the correlation?
Student: What does correlation mean?
Tricia: Look it up.
"Wow." I said, "I know some grown folks like that." She nodded in agreement.