Is Pride a False Emotion
What is Pride? Pride can be for the most part a FALSE emotion. Pride is more a condition of the conscious mind than it is an emotional feeling. Its roots lie in the positive and negative aspects we relate to the topic of pride.
For example, when we accomplish a creative task we feel good about that which we have created and call it pride. We take ‘Pride’ in our work and what we have achieved. It is a sense of fulfillment that releases the ‘Happy Hormones’ like Endorphins within us. Creatively active people seem to have a higher sense of self-worth and accomplishment in their life. It is not in the ‘saying’ what we will do but in the ‘action of doing’ where we feel most rewarded.
It is for this point that Aristotle found Pride to be a great virtue however many religions believe Pride to be the origin of sin or one of the seven common sins a person can hold to. Pride in this case is considered to be the condition in which a person will commit sin against the church due to the feeling of superiority over the doctrine which is being taught. Having a high opinion of one’s self may be equaled to a person having a closed mind and not able to accept the input from others.
This is where ‘Pride ‘ becomes a false emotion of the conscious mind rather than the feeling of the subconscious for a job well done. I relate this more to Ego because once again ‘Ego’ can mean having a high opinion of one’s self and it can mean the person thinks the intellect is more powerful than the subconscious feeling part of us. Eckhart Tolle reminds us in his book, ‘The Power of Now”, it is letting go of our ‘Ego-Self’ where we discover the powerful beings we can become.
“The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are.”- Eckhart Tolle
Pride and Ego becomes a challenge in others who believe they need to be right. The need to be right, ego, often clouds our perception of alternative answers to problems. It is the analytical thinking of the mind as having the problem resolved through mathematical processes and scientific solution. However, this is not the challenge. The challenge with ‘the need to be right’ comes when we close ourselves off from other opinions based on our perception of what we know and which may not be fact at all. An example of this would be bigotry or prejudice against another culture without every experiencing the other culture or ‘walked a mile in their shoes’ so to speak.
In most cases the closed mindedness of Ego is based on false perceptions of the world as we know it and not based on fact. Anecdotal information is based on the ‘first person’ experience and is usually the first truth when trying to resolve any challenge.
One of my mentors is T. Harv Eker, in Ekers workshops I was shocked to hear, “Don’t believe a word I say…. Better yet, don’t believe a word you say”, “Because there are things we know and things we think we know which we really know nothing of at all.”
Things we know are based on our experiences, things we think we know are based on information and perceptions passed on to us by others. Unfortunately for a lot of people even when they are wrong they think they are right. It is better to just let them have their opinion and walk away from the conversation.
When we use this false information as the foundation for our beliefs the discovery we make is that it never serves us and only alienates us from the people we care about most
When you find yourself thinking your way through a challenge teach yourself to begin using your intuition and what your ‘gut feeling’ is on any particular matter. What you will discover is your intuition is far more powerful and accurate than your intellectual consciousness which you have been placing so much faith in.
I address this more in my new book ‘Fear, Phobias and Freedom’
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