“Healthy self-esteem is refreshing, exhilarating and exciting! People with this esteem are usually genuine and caring. We feel comfortable in their presence and enjoy being around them. There usually is no pretense nor need to prove or put on airs. There is no ‘mask’ with those of noble self-esteem. As you incorporate these favorable characteristics, you can honestly say you are beginning to live life to its fullest.
These positive attributes are not present when one’s actions come from undue pride, lofty airs, emotional distance or reserve, or contempt for others. Negative qualities of pride are usually an overcompensation for feelings of insecurity and fear. They are the ego’s attempt to make the individual feel adequate and safe. Ultimately, however, they disable the individual by keeping him/her from experiencing who they are.
A prideful individual has forgotten that real security resides in knowing that, ultimately, God is the one in charge.”
Karol K. Truman, in “Healing Feelings from Your Heart”
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