12 characteristics of an egomaniac

Egolatry consists in the excessive admiration of a person towards himself, which implies a very characteristic type of behavior. It is not always easy to identify. For example, it is common to believe that a person with high self-esteem is egotistical, but valuing oneself is not egotism. Egolatry is recognized in the way in which the person relates to others. Let's know some characteristics of an egomaniac.

1. Self-image of superiority

El Bosco: Detail of "Pride" in the work The table of deadly sins.

The meaning of the life of an egomaniac is based on the self-image of superiority and, therefore, on his reputation. They have a strong feeling of superiority over others. Not only do they recognize the abilities and strengths they have, but they overstate them and feel like their unique or legitimate bearers.

Added to this is their inability to recognize their imperfections or weaknesses. Hence, the egomaniac always believes that he would do anything better than anyone else. He also believes that his opinion is irrefutable.

2. Distorted perception of reality

Egolatry is an unequivocal sign that the person has a distorted perception of reality. The egomaniac is emotionally unable to understand the complexity of the context and the variables that affect both reality in general and his personal relationships. For this reason, it reaches restrictive and monolithic conclusions, which, by characteristic, are usually unfounded or unreal.

3. Inability to assume responsibility

Since the egomaniac has a distorted perception of reality, it is difficult for him to accept responsibility for the state of affairs. The egomaniac does not allow himself to admit the degree of responsibility he has in the problems he faces (personal, family or social) and, therefore, does not commit to solutions. In this sense, it can be said that an egomaniac is irresponsible.

For the egomaniac, problems are caused by others, and it is they who must solve them. Therefore, it is not strange that he presents himself as a hero or as a victim crying out for justice.

4. Disqualification of the other

The egomaniac constantly disqualifies others: they will never be as good, as intelligent or as creative as he is. The point of view of others is always looked down upon or disqualified. For example, no person less than the egomaniac will know more than he because of his inexperience; but no older person either, due to the "obsolescence" of their ideas.

5. Difficulty feeling empathy

By having oneself as a point of reference, egomaniacs find it difficult to empathize with others. This means that you do not get involved in the feelings and concerns of the people with whom you are related.

See also Characteristics of empathy that exemplify its importance.

6. Need to be the center of attention

Nothing better for an egomaniac than to be the center of attention in all kinds of situations. In your meetings, you will find a way for all participants to be seduced by your social skills and your speech. If someone is to excel, the egomaniac will struggle to redirect attention to himself or simply withdraw.

7. Obsession with comparison

Logically, overvaluation is only possible compared to others.The tendency to constantly compare themselves with others is typical of egomaniacs, who find in it a way to measure their strength. For an egomaniac, life is a constant competition and therefore, he needs to "win."

8. Constant need for recognition

There is no use for the egomaniac to win in silence. A person who has this psychological tendency constantly requires public approval and recognition. That's why their conversations often revolve around their exploits, be they everyday or professional.

9. Overvaluation of money and power

Money and power are symbols of social influence. Therefore, egomaniacs overvalue these symbols. Whether they have a lot or a little, these types of people use their money and their power (influence) for self-promotion and control of the people around them (for example, within a family).

10. Intolerance to criticism and inability to self-criticize

The psycho-affective system of the egomaniac is structured on his self-image. Nothing creates more fear than facing yourself. Therefore, the egomaniac is incapable of being self-critical and is intolerant of the criticisms of others, regardless of the tone and intention with which they are said.

The egomaniac will always find a justification for his behavior. In addition, he will project his own imperfections onto others and will seek a way to entrust them with responsibility. If none of this works, the egomaniac will totally break the communication.

11. Perception of envy as self-affirmation

Self-worshipers love to discover that they are the object of envy. When not, they attribute their problems with others to envy. The envy of others is the great trophy for the egomaniac. It serves in them as a form of self-affirmation, since it implies that the other recognizes their superiority (for example, in terms of money or power).

See also Envy.

12. Superficial relationships

Given the egomaniac's difficulties in relating equally to others, his relationships tend to be superficial. Thus, the egomaniac clings to relationships that reinforce his self-image or those in which he can instrumentalize people for his benefit.

Consequently, these types of people cannot maintain quality relationships for long, since sooner or later their behavior generates rejection. To this is added the claim of self-sufficiency. However, this should not be confused with a lack of social skills, since the egomaniac has them to spare as a result of his excessive self-confidence.

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