Hubris: Description, Symptoms, and Solutions

Description: Hubris, also known as pride or self-love, is a natural emotion that often arises from achieving personal goals. While a healthy sense of self-esteem and desire for respect are normal, excessive hubris can become a harmful condition. It manifests when individuals perceive themselves as flawless, believing their family, friends, lifestyle, and choices are perfect while criticizing others for perceived shortcomings. This condition can lead to feelings of hurt or insult in response to criticism and an inflated sense of superiority over others. It can also result in self-obsession, narcissism, and a constant need for attention and praise.


  • Considering oneself superior to others.
  • Feeling insulted or hurt by criticism.
  • Restlessness if not the center of attention.
  • Overuse of the word "I" in conversation.
  • Talking more about oneself than ideas.
  • Speaking more than listening.

Additional Symptoms:

  • Being unwilling to accept or consider others' opinions or ideas.
  • Belittling or distancing oneself from those perceived as inferior.
  • Constantly seeking validation and admiration from others.
  • Feeling depressed or restless when not receiving attention or praise.
  • Preferring the company of flatterers over sincere critics.
  • Stagnation in personal growth and development.


  • Recognize that personal accomplishments are not solely the result of individual effort but are also influenced by cultural conditioning and external factors.
  • Acknowledge that everyone has different talents and limitations, and it is impossible to excel in every sphere.
  • Embrace humility and accept that no one knows everything, and everyone makes mistakes.
  • Engage in constant introspection to identify and address symptoms of hubris in oneself.
  • Seek out and listen to sincere critics who can provide constructive feedback.
  • Focus on personal growth and development rather than seeking constant validation from others.
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