Wednesday, May 6, 2015

This month's insecurity questions whether insecurity itself does indeed breed arrogance.

I found this little gem in my travels on the internets. It's a quote from someone named Daniel Saint (I'm not sure who this is) but it got me thinking. Does insecurity breed arrogance? I know insecurity can be the root of a lot of unpleasant things, but arrogance? Really? My dad used to work with someone that he said had an "inferiority complex." At the time, I didn't know what he meant but maybe I do now (having worked with a profound narcissist several times in my life). I wonder if any of our insecurities with writing work themselves out in such a profound way. Are there any arrogant writers out there that can answer this question?

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12 comments:

  1. I can see it breeding the opposite. I guess in some twisted minds, it could become arrogance due to delusions.

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  2. Most writers are both insecure and arrogant. You have to be to have the temerity to write and try to publish a book when so many others already exist.

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  3. As the last child of a large ethnic family, my mother grew up with a tremendous inferiority complex. She was ignored because she was a girl and because she was the last child. I think she overcompensated by becoming arrogant, using information and intellect as a weapon.

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  4. Nothing is beyond the realm of possibility, though I'm one insecure fellow and don't perceive myself as arrogant. Is that arrogant of me to say? :)

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  5. I think insecurity can breed arrogant BEHAVIOR--people can act arrogant to hide how they feel. I don't think it breeds ACTUAL arrogance, but from the outside, it can be hard to know whether arrogance is actual arrogance or insecurity...

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  6. Food for thought anyway. My former supervisor told me she thought my minor successes made me arrogant, over confident I can accomplish anything. Makes me feel very inferior.

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  7. Inferiority complexes are what they are.
    However, superiority complexes are more complex. There is a school of thought in psychology that says that there is no such thing as an actual superiority complex and that they are just a mask to cover an inferiority complex. While there is no dispute to that being true at least some of the time, the other school of thought says there are two types of superiority complexes, one of which is an actual superiority complex.

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  8. I have found for many people that their arrogance is an attempt to hide their insecurity. Is this a self diagnosis? Nah..... I'm too smart for something as simplistic as that.

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  9. If only Daniel Saint said a few more words about that thought....because I don't get it.

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  10. Insecurity is fear. How we deal with the fear manifests in different ways. Some overcompensate. Some cower and wither with it. Some push it outwards and feel it as anger. If one can find the core of fear, look at it and deal with it, one can dispel it.

    I can see how one could mask fear with arrogance.

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  11. Some people definitely fight so hard to rid themselves of certain insecurities that they push past confidence, right into arrogance. These types of people can also make compelling and sympathetic characters.

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  12. I've known people who are arrogant, and like you I've known a couple of bona fide narcissists, and there really is deep within them a fear or even terror that they're not good enough. But I've also known insecure people who are just plain insecure and have no veneer covering their feelings.

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