What Causes an Arrogant Behavior?
More than likely, you have met people during your lifetime who possess an arrogant behavior. For some reason, these people tend to look down on others while putting themselves on a pedestal. Now, there is nothing wrong with having self-esteem and self-confidence but when those character traits cross the line to an unhealthy sense of self-worth, something is wrong. In fact, some people are so arrogant that they are cruel to other people and unfortunately, they do not care who gets in the way of them promoting self.
Keep in mind that when talking about an arrogant behavior, this person constantly acts in an unhealthy way, meaning he or she is not just somewhat vain or conceited. You will actually find arrogant people make a lot of presumptions and claims, as well as bold statements about how important they are. In addition, when trying to point out something these people did wrong or even a character flaw, the immediate reaction is to become extremely defensive. After all, in those people’s minds, they are perfect so there is now way they would fail at something.
It is important to know that while arrogant behavior is unattractive, the reasons behind it are not always what you might think. The most common reasons that people act this way is because of power and wealth, beauty and youth, status and prestige, and intelligence and education. However, some people behave with arrogance out of fear, insecurity, unhappiness, doubt, past tragedies, etc. In these cases, the arrogance is a way of trying to feel better about one’s self but unfortunately, at the expense of others. However, we wanted to touch briefly on the more common reasons for arrogant behavior.
- Power and Wealth – When a person has power and wealth, an arrogant behavior is relatively common. Typically, this type of behavior is seen in people who come from an affluent or famous home, or someone from old money. In this case, there is a sense of entitlement. Now, arrogance can also breed from newfound power and wealth but often a person with a “rags to riches” story appreciates what they have gained and remembers where they came from so arrogance is not as much of an issue. A prime example is many young people in Hollywood who have come from well-known homes. Sadly, these people grow up feeling they have more and better things than anyone else does so it allows them to behave badly.
- Beauty and Youth – An arrogant behavior is also commonly associated with someone who has exceptional beauty and youth. Although there are millions of gorgeous, young people who appreciate what they have been blessed with, others take these qualities for granted. However, along with both beauty and youth fading over time, a car accident, house fire, or some other tragedy could take that away.
- Status and Prestige – In this case, holding a high position in a company, being a political leader, or living the movie star life can also lead to an arrogant behavior. While these people have worked hard to achieve their position in life, with all the benefits and monetary gain that comes from having status and prestige, arrogance is often the result.
- Intelligence and Education – If someone is naturally intelligent, or has achieved a higher level of understanding through years of education, an arrogant behavior is often the result. In this case, the person has allowed pride of know more create a sense of importance that is simply unhealthy. Education is always a good choice but after earning multiple Master’s degrees or PhD, this type of person should put the knowledge to good use rather than see themselves as being above others.
Sadly, people with an arrogant behavior have created an overinflated sense of pride, which results in ongoing boasting and the “know it all” attitude. Instead of this making that person more liked or respected, it turns other people off, causing them to lose interest. Because of this, it is also common for people who are highly arrogant to have few real friends and usually, those friends are also arrogant or they are only true friends to the person’s face. Arrogant behavior is not only unhealthy and unattractive but it can lead to a long life of loneliness.