Arrogance: Definition, Causes and More

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Definition of Arrogance

I am pretty sure that you've met a person who thinks that he is always right, who acts as if he is superior to other people and who believes that he is better than other people. This is what we call an arrogant person.

Arrogance is a double edged sword, it can help you attract a few fans but on the other hand it will fill the hearts of other people who surround you with hatred. After all, no one likes someone to treat him arrogantly.

Arrogance Vs Over-confidence

If I asked you whether its possible for you to walk a few meters then turn around and walk back to where you were standing, will you be able to do it? Of course you will because you did it hundreds of times before.

This is exactly how self-confidence is built: by going through the same experience many times until we master it. When we do something many times we tend to become confident about doing it.

What if you managed to succeed in doing something that others usually fail to do? For example An entrepreneur who starts a small company then succeeds in expanding and developing it until it becomes a resounding success and a profitable enterprise will feel that he has done something that most people can't do.

This person might end up being arrogant and he may even start to think that his business ideas are perfect and that he is invulnerable to external business threats. So self-confidence is about knowing your strengths and weaknesses while arrogance is about thinking that you are invincible.

Arrogance and Inferiority Complex

Sometimes the real reason for acting in an arrogant way is to hide one's own feeling of inferiority. A person who tries to give the impression that he's invincible may be hiding some kind of vulnerability that he is suffering from. If someone claims that he is a normal human being who can do some good things then its OK but if someone claims that he is superhuman then he is probably feeling exactly the opposite and is trying to compensate for it by appearing superior.

Religion and Arrogance

In most religions arrogance is considered a spiritual disease simply because thinking that you are superior means that you claim that you are the only one responsible for your success and so, implicitly denying the role of God.

Personally, I find this quite convincing, because if someone believed that all the power he has been given is just a gift from God he wouldn’t feel that he is above everyone else.

Dealing with the Arrogant Person

If you want to get along with an arrogant person then just make him feel that he is important and he will like you. After all, the arrogant person wants nothing more than to be respected. On the other hand if you want to really annoy him then just ignore him. Don’t call him by name and don’t pay attention when he talks.

Impressing an arrogant person is very simple. just convince him that you can do something that is of importance to him better than him and he will become impressed.

In my book How to make someone fall in love with you i described how you can make narcissists and arrogant people fall in love with you by making them believe that you are superior to them. The moment you make those people believe that you are more powerful than them they will stick to you like your shadow.

Arrogance and Knowing Your Strengths

The arrogant person always forces people to eventually hate him. Instead of showing off his superiority and attracting more friends to him he just loses more and more people because of his attitude.

If you feel that you are good at something then that's great but know that you are still a human being who have many weaknesses. Knowing only your points of strength will make you arrogant, Knowing only your weaknesses will let you feel worthless while Know both of them will make you a truly confident person.

Controlled Arrogance

Being Arrogant is a bad thing but still you can show off a great deal without making people hate you. People hate it when someone tells them something like “Hey am great, am perfect, look at what I have got” but on the other hand people like to discover good things about you without being told.

For example if you have a nice car then speaking about it often may result in making you lose your popularity. just be humble and let people discover it by coincidence and they will admire you.

In brief, Speak about yourself directly and people will dislike you, be an ordinary person and people might not care about you or be humble and let them accidentally discover good things about you and they will like you ;)

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