I believe that knowing who you are and being confident with yourself leaves you less vulnerable to the opinions of others — and it’s often when people are feeling vulnerable that they feel the need to overcompensate for their lack of control in the world.
That’s where you get people being rude or demeaning others. This behavior doesn’t come from a place of strength, but a place of weakness. As the saying goes, “Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some confident jerks out there in the world. Confidence isn’t exactly the same thing as self-esteem, but the two are related.
“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” – Nathaniel Branden
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