A second type is where the newborn is treated as a "little god" and this continues throughout their lives. As a result, they are called "Aristocentric"-meaning they have an inordinate claim to a false superiority and have retained their Infantile "selfishness"-a phase composed of "self" and "ended" and "self" and "full." The idea is that one is full of one's own self-interest and is oriented to pursue that interest as an end for one's life. Throughout history, people-mainly of the upper social class-- who believe special privileges are owed them, reflect narcissistic entitlement. Thus, they expect to always be treated as VIPs (an abbreviation for "Very Important Persons") and are morbidly (unhealthily) interested in themselves. Both are about extreme concern for the self and lack of concern for others. From failing to mature out of a childish state they (and those with an Inferiority Complex) have the features of Brutes.
Type I despise good people; are fiercely vindictive; are haters of those who are not like them; are aggressive toward those who challenge them; are suspicious and distrustful of fellow brutes; and intensely seek money and material pleasures. Devoid of a sense of fair play and moral "rightness," they are perpetrators of hate and evil. All four types are deluded and show envious, jealous, boaster, prideful, unappreciative, disobedient, mean, stubborn, false accuser, untrustworthy, and power hungry behaviors. They expect others to be perfect in dealing with them and say: "read my mind and do what I want"; "Do as I say but don't do what I do"; and "I'll judge you but don't you judge me." People with an arrogant superiority complex are "seldom right but never in doubt." By seeing themselves as having "more than" others, they develop an arrogant attitude characterized by: (1) an excessive need for recognition and praise; (2) being hypersensitive to even mild criticism; (3) overzealousness and excessive conscientiousness in personally performing or having others perform relatively unimportant duties; (4) self-centeredness, as in monopolizing the conversation (especially about oneself); (5) lack of interest in what others are saying to the extent of cutting them off in mid-sentence; (6) failing to show compassion, caring, and empathy for others; (7) the "do it my way or the highway" attitude; and (8) "I build myself up while I tear you down." In summary, arrogance is way "too much" about oneself and way "too little"-if anything-about others.
Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.
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