Learn English – A word for doing what’s best for you


I feel like there is a word for this, but I cannot think of what it might be?

For example: let's say you know someone who is constantly in trouble with the law. They're very naive, foolish, and self-destructive. They associate with some other very unsavory types of people and you wonder what else might be going on with them. You've put up with their nonsense and have enabled them long enough. No matter how much they've hurt you and no matter how much it kills you to see them throwing their life away, you reluctantly decide that it is time to part ways with them and save yourself instead, as they apparently will do nothing to help themselves. You are concerned with how continuing to have a relationship with this person will affect your life; your security, safety, peace of mind, and freedom.

"I'm torn between my feelings for you and my _______"…

Best Answer

Your sense of self-preservation.

Protection of oneself from harm or destruction.
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