When we come to understand our life with all of its possibilities, we become aware. That makes us knowledgeable, but shouldn’t necessarily make us self-righteous. There is a difference.

Being self-righteous often very much depends on how we see or offer our views or opinions. We become self-righteous when we’re moralistic and intolerant of other people’s opinions. We may become intolerant when others choose not to listen to what we say, instead of being open to discuss our opinions and why views may differ.

When we come across as smug, then others may think us self-righteous, but that isn’t always the case. Intuitively, knowing that something is true doesn’t make us self-righteous, but it does make us knowledgeable.

In certain cases, it can often come down to how others choose to receive what we tell them, not always how we deliver.

11 Jul, 2015

4 thoughts on “Self-righteous

  1. Self-righteousness is a way of making sure people don’t see you for who you really are and what you really don’t know. Knowing everything doesn’t drive my desires like it does for so many other people.

    I don’t think knowledgeable people are self righteous; it’s people who don’t know anything that know everything.

  2. I agree thanks Tim. You’re absolutely right. I particularly resonate with your last paragraph and believe there are two ways at looking at this.

    I believe knowledgeable people can be self-righteous, particularly in the way they conduct themselves; but generally speaking they’re knowledgeable enough not to be self-righteous. As you say it’s the people who don’t know anything, but know everything that are the most self-righteous.

    Not only are they self-righteous, but they can also be dangerous, particularly if they think they know everything, but they really know very little.

  3. People can certainly hide their lack of knowledge through a self-righteous, pompous attitude to others but I think people can be self-righteous, knowledgeable or not, if they are that way inclined.

    It is a very difficult trait to deal with and I usually don’t bother with people like that as I don’t feel the need to convince someone else they are wrong. That’s not up to me to do.

    1. Thanks, yes I have come across many people in the way you describe. Being self-righteous makes communication almost impossible.

      Do we really set out to convince people? I’m not sure we do because our conversations don’t start like that, but it would be nice for people to have an open-mind on what we say, so that we develop healthy communication.

      Dealing with self-righteous people just serves to incite conflict and that most of the people I have come across with these personality traits, seem oblivious to how they really are.

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