When is a pride negative for you and when is it positive for you ?
Some forms of pride are obvious (at least when they occur in the lives of others). Arrogance, boasting, haughtiness and snobbery are all fairly easy to see. Consequently, we tend to equate pride with such glaring manifestations. But there is another form of pride which is doubly dangerous; it is a pride which masquerades as humility.
The essence of pride is self-centeredness. This can be clearly seen in the arrogant. Look at everyone watch me. See them laugh at my jokes. Ill bet they envy my good taste in clothes, etc. An arrogant man has a high opinion of himself and seeks to be the center of his known universe at all times.
But someone who has a low opinion of himself can be every bit as self-centered. Look at everyone watch me. See them stare at me when I tell jokes. Why are they laughing at my clothes? This ...more
If someone achieves an amazing goal or ambition, he or she becomes very happy and enthusiastic about it. People will appreciate them for what they did and praise them. An example of this is making a new scientific discovery that can change the world as we know it. Another is a child who is a prodigy in many activities and gains lots of respect from his or her friends and family.
However, when people have too much pride, the dark side begins to take over. It may cause them to think they are better than everyone else. This could result in vanity, corruption, greed, arrogance, and recklessness. If that happens, they could mess things up, and the consequences will include losing everything ...more