Pride requires selfishness, the ability to act for one’s own benefit.

Research findings prove pride nudges the mind to value the future. Pride fosters diligence and dedication. You cannot even say “I Love You” until you are proud of yourself.

False pride however is a fraud on yourself.

Humans possess the ability to be their own audience. University of Miami psychologist Charles Carver found those who habitually experience authentic pride have greater self-control, perseverance, and goal attainment. Philosophers and social psychologists have noted that pride is a complex secondary emotion which requires the development of a sense of self. While some philosophers such as Aristotle (and George Bernard Shaw) consider pride (but not hubris) a profound virtue, some world religions consider pride’s fraudulent form a sin, such as is expressed in Proverbs 11:2 of the Hebrew Bible. In Judaism, pride is called the root of all evil. That alone should shatter your confidence in both religion and the bible.

Pride, then, seems to be a crown of the virtues; for it makes the lesser virtues less important. Aristotle thought it hard to be truly proud; for it is impossible without nobility and goodness of character. But when people, who are inherantly noble by their nature achieve they should rightfully be proud of themselves for the achievement.

Classical Christian theology views pride as being the result of high self-esteem, and thus high self-esteem was viewed as the primary human problem, but beginning in the 20th century, “humanistic psychology” diagnosed the primary human problem as low self-esteem stemming from a lack of belief in one’s “true worth”.¬†Carl Rogers¬†observed that most people “regard themselves as worthless and unlovable.” Thus, they lack self-esteem.

The condemnation of Pride leads to psychosis, a personal sort of insanity which condems success. Making Pride a sin leads to the debauchery of the mind. Condemning Pride is literally intellectual rape.