[ExI] Pride and/or thinking superior

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Fri Jun 27 14:06:50 UTC 2008

Anna wrote:

> If at any moment you think you are
> better than anyone else it could 
> mean you have a superiority 
> complex.  Which is useless...

It's easy to see in terms of evolutionary psychology that pride performs a useful range of function.  And to the extent that the object of pride is associated with an increasing context of agency -- a 'self' encompassing a broader (while coherent) point of view -- then pride continues to facilitate meaningful growth.

It's unfortunate that our language and culture confuses by associating "selfish" with the condition of having actually a very small or narrow context of self-identification.

- Jef


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