How does an arrogant person behave?

Posted by John Anumba

Arrogant people behave in so many negative ways that affect their relationships. This is why they have few meaningful friends and are unable to keep romantic relationships for long.

Their characters are repulsive and people tend to stay away from them. Their constant desire to remain the center of attraction drives them to do so many negative things including putting other people down.

We will now take a look at some of the behaviors of an arrogant person – just in case you want to differentiate this character from confidence.

Behaviors Observed in Arrogant People

Think they are too important

One common behavior of arrogant people is that they think they are more important than the people around them.

They have this exaggerated mindset of being the most colorful person in the room which is why it is often common for them to come to meetings late.

They assume it’s an insult to their personality to be on time and be the one waiting for others. Rather, as the most important person in the room, their colleagues should be the ones to do the waiting.

Have no respect for others

Arrogant people have no respect for other people’s time feeling an emotion.

They barely apologize when they are wrong and don’t care what you feel.

Because they feel too important, apologizing to someone they think it’s lower than them in status becomes a challenge to them.

It hurts their ego and self-esteem.

Can put others down to rise

If you are meeting an arrogant person for the first time, they might try to portray themselves as being the nicest in the room.

They can talk bad about their friends and family to you, make them look bad and portray themselves as the most trusted person in the room.

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It is common practice for an arrogant person to talk down at  achievements greater than theirs just to ensure no one outshines them.

Takes credit for a team effort

Another behavior that is common with arrogant people is their attitude of taking credits that belong to a team for themselves. 

The participation and contribution of others are not recognized because they feel that success wouldn’t have been possible without their ultimate input.

Hates taking responsibility

Arrogant people are always in search of achievements they can take credit for but are very bad at taking responsibility for mistakes.

They’ll rather shift the blame to someone else rather than take responsibility and learn from the situation. 

And if someone tries to oppose them and make them take responsibility, they have their way of silencing or forcing that person into agreeing with them.

Loves being the savior of the day

Arrogant people love credit so much that they get jealous when they are not part of a success story. If they can’t share in the credits, they demean and diminish the achievement.

And if they are part of the team and can’t take the glory for themselves, they portray themselves as being the main contributor to the success story. 

Arrogant people believe that without their ultimate contribution the successes would not be achieved.

Deals with fear

Since arrogant people love the feeling of being the most important person in the room, they live in constant fear of being overthrown.

This is why they diminish and demean achievements that are obviously greater than theirs. They can go the extra mile to remain the only one at the center stage.

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This constant desire to keep all eyes on them is driven by fear.

What Causes A Person To Be Arrogant?

The primary reason why a person can become arrogant is the need to remain the center of attraction.

This feeling is fueled by some sense of insecurity.

An arrogant person might not be aware of this fear but it remains the truth. 

They most times confuse their character for being confident but the reverse is the case.

Their exaggerated sense of importance drives their pride while confident people are known to be humble.

You cannot say you are a confident person and yet feel threatened by other people’s achievements and success stories you are not part of.

Arrogant leaders don’t listen to their subordinates and will only push through their ideas, take team credit for themselves when the ideas are successful, and refuse to take responsibility when their ideas fail.

They don’t like being attached to failures that is why they look for someone to blame rather than accept their participation in the errors made.

The constant fear of being displaced by someone better keeps them on their toes and on a constant lookout for possible talents that can take their shine.

Can an Arrogant Person Be Cured?

By cure you mean get someone to stop being arrogant or probably check the person into a rehabilitation center for correction of their mental health.

Well, that could work but just like every other type of drug abuse you know, rehabilitation becomes possible when a person admits to addiction. 

Only then can proper steps be taken to help this person become better.

The problem with arrogant people is that they mistake their negative attitudes as being confident.

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This wrong mentality causes them not to see the need for help or realize how bad they treat people, especially their subordinates.

For an arrogant person to get better and start treating people better, he or she has to admit arrogance and realize how bad he or she has been treating people.

Admittance is only the beginning for curing an arrogant person.

Then the person will proceed to developing empathy for others and treating them better.

Then we come to the issue of having a strong desire to be the center of attraction and not feeling jealous of other people’s accomplishments.

This is where courses on confidence, sessions with a psychologist and group classes become necessary and important.

With some effort on the part of the arrogant person, it is possible to get better and develop the right kind of confidence that doesn’t need other people’s attention or approval.

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