What is False Pride?

False pride can be found in anyone who has done nothing major in life but wants to get the attention of others for how capable and important he is as a person.
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False pride is when a person has a lot of high opinions about himself or his skills or his situations that are not at all related to reality. The person who has false pride may keep repeating or boasting about his success or achievements that he didn't receive through hard work or sincere efforts. False pride can be found in anyone who has done nothing major in life but wants to get the attention of others for how capable and important he is as a person.

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Children may possess the ability to develop false pride because they want to win more friends and gain acceptance among their peer group. For example, you might have seen how children brag about their parents' job positions and wealth that they may not really have in real life to their friends. This kind of false pride is developed naturally among them because they want to be feeling respected and recognized among their friends who may be from the wealthy group.

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False pride if not rectified in a timely manner can make people develop mental illnesses as they age. False pride is not good for either the person who has it or neither for the people who are around them. False pride, as the name suggests, is based on a false perception about a person or something that a person thinks. This can lead to confusion and higher expectations from the person to perform in his life.

Genuine pride is when a person stays grounded with what he knows and has and speaks about them in a prideful manner just to make others aware of his own capacities. Whereas, false pride can hamper relations with others because it involves wrong perceptions and unrealistic thinking from the person and others as well.

False pride can also lead to failures in relationships, exams, and other areas of life. For example, if a student who doesn't know mathematics well, pretends in front of his teacher and parents that he is well-prepared and doesn't need extra tutoring due to his false pride, may fall flat in exams. His failure may make his parents and teachers shocked and he may also be perceived as a liar by his friends and peers.

Thus, the habit of having false pride should be changed when noticed by others. False pride can be rectified with the help of making the person aware of how to convey what he knows and what he wants in life. For example, an aged woman may have the false pride that her children can take care of her high maintenance expenses in front of other family members. This may lead to financial difficulties and also others not being aware of how the aged woman's children are suffering due to her false pride and ego.

Thus, one must not exaggerate things for their own comfort and false happiness. One must practice empathy and also set realistic expectations from themselves and others, this will help them to overcome their problem of false pride, ego problems, and arrogance.