Pride is defined as an exaggerated positive evaluation of oneself based on a devaluation of others.
When we devaluate other people and have negative thoughts about them we are being prideful. Pride reflects superiority.
Pride reflects inferiority feelings that are covered by superiority. If the only way a person has to feel good about himself is devaluating others, he or she is covering inferiority feelings by being prideful.
How Pride affect our lives
Pride leads you to believe that other people are not perfect and you are better than them. Pride covers your insecurity. You are constantly comparing to others. If a person is self-confident does not need pride. Pride affect our relationships because there is no empathy and no intimacy. Pride can ruin your life
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When you have pride everybody else appears lower to you, it makes you feel you are the center and you will not be able to develop concern for others.
If there is no intimacy in a relationship there is no trust and no genuine love. The relationship becomes a way of manipulating the other person.
Steps to Overcome Pride
- The first and most important step to overcome pride is to start building self esteem. Pride is a sign of low self esteem because deep inside pride people feel inferior and feel a lot of insecurity about themselves. Self esteem will build inside yourself an attitude of self-respect and self-love.
- Create and attitude of respect and acceptance of others. If you don’t’ respect yourself you cant’ respect others.
- Focus on the good qualities of other people, stop looking for faults.
Pride will teach you a lot about your low self esteem. Healing pride is an opportunity to see your own beauty and find out that your self-worth is your birthright. As Nathaniel Branded said: Persons with high self esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. They joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else.