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Superb: the 6 common traits of vain people

Superb: the 6 common traits of vain people

May 6, 2021

Personality traits form one of the most interesting fields of study in the field of psychology. However, many of the adjectives we normally use to refer to the way of being of the people around us do not correspond to a scientifically created category.

However, that does not mean that there are not certain nuances in the personality that can not be of interest. This is the case of pride , a term that is customarily used to designate vain and somewhat arrogant people. However, the psychological implications of this feature go far beyond the bad image that has been socially given.

Personality traits associated with pride

The personality traits that define superb people are especially related to two characteristics: narcissism and a tendency to megalomania. Both psychological dimensions are closely linked , and they speak of a need to maintain a very idealized self-image that serves to justify a series of irrational beliefs (that is, they do not fit with what is being checked about reality). Among these beliefs is that you have control over virtually every aspect of daily life-


What is narcissism?

Narcissism is a propensity for feelings of grandiosity when evaluating oneself .

Narcissistic people are always aware of what others think about them, but at the same time, they believe that they have more value than most. Although it seems paradoxical, they are obsessed with making everyone behave as if they were very special and highly relevant people while underestimating others.

In addition, they consider that their point of view is the most correct and tend to treat others with a certain paternalism for this reason: they try to teach them that they are wrong, without considering beforehand if they are the ones who have fallen into error. In general, they do not pallise as easily as non-narcissistic people. They are not usually people with too much tact or deference towards others .


What is megalomania?

Megalomania is a concept very similar to that of narcissism, although It has a slightly more pathological nuance because it includes a relationship with the delusions that a person holds in order to believe that he is capable of doing things that, really, he can hardly get.

Megalomaniacs greatly overestimate their abilities and, as a consequence, tend to want to take control of everything that happens in their life: including the projects that other people have in hand. For example, they may believe that they can get a large company to hire a relative even though they do not know anyone who works there, or assume that they will receive special treatment from the police if they commit a violation.

You can read more about megalomania in this article: "Megalomania and delusions of greatness: playing at being God"

The characteristics of the proud people

Now that we have made an idea about how to define, in general, the proud people, we can go on to explore more in detail their personality. These are some of the specific characteristics that vain people tend to present .


1. They believe that by default they are almost always right

As we have seen, arrogance takes from narcissism this irrational belief that one is always right in the simple fact of being who one is. That is why, on occasion, markedly superb people try to argue and defend their point of view using the fallacy of authority.

2. They are aware of their public image, although without being noticed

Vain people They need to have a feedback constant about the image they give to others , although they try to appear indifferent about that. The reason is that they know that naturalness and spontaneity are valued positively.

3. Anger produced by pride

The fact of having to carry with such an idealized version of themselves makes it easy to jump sparks when interacting with this type of person. That is they can become angry at insignificant details . For example, when they believe that they are not given enough attention, they may unconsciously tend to look for an excuse to confront the other person.

4. Theatricality in its way of presenting itself

The people who excel in arrogance they attract attention in ways that sometimes seem to belong rather to the performing arts , especially if they want to stand out before a group of people. That is to say, they have a certain tendency to dramatize and to spectacularize some moments of their daily life.

5. The importance of social networks

The explosion of the massive use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter makes many young people adopt behavior dynamics that define arrogant people, albeit in a new way.

Rivalry is created by the number of followers, strategies are created to have more visibility on the Internet and sometimes only these virtual profiles are used to try to give this desired image of oneself, and not so much to really communicate with others, just as a famous person would.

For sample, a button: boys and girls from Barcelona who go to a fashionable club (interesting from minute 0:57):

6. The instrumentalization of others

If narcissism has a clear relationship with psychopathy, it is because from these two characteristics of the personality the other human beings with whom one has a direct deal are reified; that is to say, they are treated as objects .

Vain people can devote so much attention to their image that they can not avoid seeing others as a means to make their "grandiosity" expand, reaching greater heights of power (economic or social) through them.


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