is arrogance too much self esteem or too less??
I believe arrogance is due to a lack of self esteem for a few reasons...but first, a definition of self esteem..
confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.
By this, we can say that self esteem is positive, for confidence in ones abilities is needed to further move on.
Now, the issue here is that arrogance cannot possibly stem from too much self esteem.
arrogance, or being conceited is defined as-
excessive pride in oneself.
How, you may ask? Well, to begin with, arrogance is wrong, and an immoral quality to build upon. If self esteem is healthy confidence, then arrogance is over-confidence. But, it still is not from too much self esteem because self esteem is a positive attribute. It does not make logical sense to have too much of a positive attribute. Too much, in itself is denoting a negative quantity. If so, then how can one have too much of a good quality?
Also, a confident human being has faith in their abilities, but does not exclusively rely on them. When you have arrogance, you think that you are the sole cause of your abilities, and you alone are the centre. This is derived from a lack of confidence because one who is arrogant already has doubt in their abilities. They are already weak in the mind. They boast so they can make themselves feel better, and try to get the approval of others.
The arrogant always seek to impress, just by their character, which means they rely on others to feel good. A person with self esteem cannot be like this because they have a good measure of their skill, and of their short comings. They do not need the approval of others when it comes to feeling good.
In conclusion, arrogance cannot be an extension of self esteem, because self esteem is healthy confidence. And, you can have a LACK of a positive attribute, but you cannot have too much. Logically, this does not make sense, if you think about it. Eg) Can some one be too nice? No!
Thank you, and I look forward to a good debate.
My opponent believes that because self-esteem is a positive attribute, one could never have too much of it. Unfortunately, this is not true. There are plenty of things which are good for us in the right amounts, but too much can be detrimental. For example, trusting people is generally good in creating bonds, but being too trusting of others can cause oneself to be taken advantage of. Also, awareness of one's surrounding is important in keeping oneself safe when in an unfamiliar environment, but constantly fearing for one's safety can turn into paranoia, a very unhealthy state of mind. Likewise, it is generally good for one to have a high self-esteem, but too high a self-esteem can make one disrespectful towards others, close minded and... well, arrogant. Good traits do not simply continue getting better the more of it you have. There is always room for variability in terms of how much of certain traits one can possess, but when someone reaches the extreme end of certain traits, there can be consequences.
Con states that arrogance comes from a lack of confidence because these people doubt their abilities. I beg to differ. If somebody is arrogant, they are overly confident in their abilities; they believe their abilities make them better than others. That is the definition of arrogant. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines arrogant as "having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people" (http://www.merriam-webster.com...).
My opponent writes that arrogant people want to impress others in order to get attention, and that people with a higher self-esteem would never do this since they do not require others' approval to feel good about themselves. Con and I agree that attention is one thing that arrogant people often desire, but my reasoning differs from my opponent's. I think that a more rational explanation is that arrogant people have too high of a self-esteem, thus they seek others' attention because they want to maintain their high self-esteem. Subconsciously, I think arrogant people have placed themselves at this high level of self-esteem, but keeping themselves at this level is hard to do by themselves so they seek people's attention. Let it be known that basic psychological principles show that all people require attention, but some need much more than others and vice versa.
Yes, people can be too nice. And generally it creeps people out, because you come across as fake, as if you are hiding your true colors behind a smile. Also, it usually takes a toll on the individual due to the mental resources it takes to always be nice. This reinforces my point that traits which are positive in the right amounts, such as being nice, trusting others, and having high self-esteem, can have consequences when too much is displayed.
I look forward to my opponent's response!
I believe that pro has my meaning of attributes mixed up. By attributes, I don't mean things like arguing, trusting, or being suspicious. I mean things like kindness, mercy, respect, etc.
I believe pro is wrong that arrogance is from too much self esteem, because this phrase basically means self respect. How can one have too much respect??? This is not possible. Also, I strongly believe that it comes from a lack of confidence. Why else would one boast, and show off themselves?? It is to feed off of other peoples attention, to gain their approval. As an arrogant person, I know this. (though i do try at humility). Arrogance cannot mean that you have too much confidence. Why? Because again, it is a trait! Confidence means that you have faith in yourself! You cannot have too much faith! That itself makes no sense! One who is arrogant is lacking of self esteem due to the fact that they try to warp reality for themselves. They want to make it seem that they are higher, when they are not. This, again, is due to a lack of condience.
Arrogant people, by the definition I provided earlier, are often very vocal and insulting. People with low self-esteem generally are quieter and keep to themselves. That said, I ask my opponent this: if someone has too little self-esteem and therefore lacks confidence, how could that person have enough confidence to openly claim that they are better than other people? The definition of arrogance and low self-esteem contradict each other and cannot go hand in hand. It is more logical that arrogant people have too much self-esteem than too little. If their self-esteem was too low, they likely would not have the motivation to express themselves the way that arrogant people do.
Thanks once again.
My opponent does not seem to believe that people can have too much faith in themselves, when countless studies and surveys have shown the opposite. The majority of Americans believe that they are better drivers, more ethical and smarter than everybody else, which is statistically impossible. The following video demonstrates some key points of what is called the “overconfidence bias.”
In conclusion, one cannot have too much faith in themselves because faith and arrogance are completely different things. They cant be an extension of one another.
Throughout this debate, my opponent has warped the definitions of self-esteem and arrogance, and made them much more complex than they really are. Once again:
Self-esteem: a feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities
Arrogance: an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people
If you are arrogant, then by definition your self-esteem is too high because you are overgeneralizing the extent of your abilities and claiming to be better than other people; you lack humility and you are giving yourself more respect than you are worthy of. The reason arrogant people feed off of other's attention is to aid them in maintaining their elevated self-esteem.
Arrogance is most certainly an indicator of too much self-esteem.
Thank you very much 14_UKNWN_14 for debating me!
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