Kelsie manipulates people by making them feel sorry for her, but it's just a self serving ploy to get her own way.
An example of self-serving is a lie told to make yourself look better.
- Serving one's own interests, especially without concern for the needs or interests of others.
- Exhibiting concern solely for one's own interests: a speech full of self-serving comments.
(comparative more self-serving, superlative most self-serving)
- Said of people, attitudes, perspectives, etc.