Someone with self-righteous tendencies will display moral superiority, derived from their beliefs, affiliations or actions which they believe are of greater virtue than those of the average person.
As a consequence, they are intolerant of the opinions and behaviour of others. Their ‘holier than thou’ approach to their lives and towards others make it difficult for us to like or mediate with them.
But those who are self-righteous, will always have an attitude where they continually believe they are right, no matter what others say. It is not about being right or wrong, but about being open to life and opinions, so that we see what’s beyond our four walls and limitations. That will bring a better attitude.
We become self-righteous when we’re moralistic and intolerant of other people’s opinions. We become intolerant when others choose not to listen, instead of them being open to discuss our opinions and why our views may differ.
Being self-righteous will always have the effect of us imposing our will on others. When we’re in the habit of competing with others over our beliefs, not being able to relate to those with different view to our own, then we limit ourselves to the unlimited life, beyond our four walls.
Throughout our lives we have many conditions imposed on us, we also copy much of what we see. When we come across as smug, then others may think us self-righteous but that isn’t always the case: intuitively knowing that something isn’t true doesn’t make us self-righteous, but it does make us knowledgeable.
There is no reason for any of us to compete, or think we’re better than others. The truth is we’re not we’re all the same.