When a self-righteous person is truly out ranked, out smarted, or out classed, he usually shuts down and doesn’t know what to do. It’s as if there were no inner program with an option that allows for someone else to be better, smarter or have greater credibility.
The crazy-making truth about self-righteousness
Self-righteous people are the ones most likely to view others as self-righteous.
So, the first thing to do when you perceive someone else as self-righteous is to look in the mirror.
You can be certain that you are NOT self-righteously accusing someone else of self-righteousness if:
Regardless of their attitude, you recognize and appreciate when they have a good point.
You see them as a person with an issue, rather than a walking, talking annoyance to humankind (a convenient object of blame).
You can successfully ignore their self-righteousness and focus on the task at hand.
If you cannot let go of your own self-righteousness toward the self-righteous, then you are an equal contributor to the problem.
A self-righteous person enthusiastically oozes the following attributes: His opinions are correct, just because he is the source. Others’ opinions are suspect – especially when those perspectives are well informed, because the self-righteous one is…