The Many Faces of Arrogance

The other day I wrote about the art of being humble. Today we’ll tackle arrogance…quite the opposite of humility. Unlike how difficult it is to be humble, arrogance seems to come quite easily to some. There is no reason for one person to belittle another because of education, social status, wealth, hierarchy, religion, or whatever it is that makes him or her feel superior in any way.

Here are some definitions of arrogance taken from several online dictionaries:

“having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance, merit, ability, etc; conceited; overbearingly proud

full of or due to unwarranted pride and self-importance; overbearing; haughty

“Someone who is arrogant behaves in a proud, unpleasant way toward other people because they believe that they are more important than others.”

An arrogant person is pretty easy to spot…haughty carriage, superior tone of voice, rude, insulting, disrespectful, condescending, disdainful, etc. One thing an arrogant person does not possess is wisdom.

So there you have it, the many faces of arrogance. To those who choose to wear one of them…perhaps it’s time for a face-lift.


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