In many orthodox religious belief systems, self-sacrifice is a noble deed. Unfortunately, when we sacrifice our needs for other’s whims in everyday life, we actually experience intense inner resentment and unhappiness. The reality is that self-sacrifice is a harmful habit that leads to dysfunctional relationships and emotional repression. Far from being an admirable trait, self-sacrifice is often a reflection of a martyr or victim complex. You can explore the topic of self-sacrifice more in this section.