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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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Arrogance - Remedies
published 2 June 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

The dictionary described arrogance as “offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.”

Of course, if you accuse yourself of arrogance in conversation or in confession, you probably are not arrogant! It goes along with the denial I have been writing about, for sure.

Psychologists would agree that those who display arrogance are almost always covering insecurity. Typical examples would be a man who feels insecure about his masculine image because he doesn’t fit the preferred height and muscles, may, unconsciously, deflect attention from his “defects” by a barrage of many syllable words. A woman who feels insecure about her intellectual abilities might enter a room full of savants dressed sexy for similar reasons.

Does that mean that it is arrogant to speak with pungent vocabulary or haughty to dress attractively? How might these traits be displayed in a way that isn’t arrogant? On the word question, a person with a genius for great words and phrases, would only need to define each of these while speaking to avoid seeming pompous and over-bearing. A lovely woman could dress well but modestly and glide into the kitchen to help with the eats instead of taking a chair in the middle of the living room and swinging her legs.

Jesus tells us to be like Him: “meek and humble of heart.” People who aren’t arrogant may seem superior but they compensate for it so well by affirming others and by laughing off praise of themselves, or attributing all their gifts to God, that anyone who bridles with envy in their presence is displaying their own fault of inferiority feelings.

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