Why Do People Who Feel More Hubristic Pride Tend to Be More Prejudiced?

Hubristic pride, otherwise known as arrogance, false pride, or conceitedness, is associated with a reduced capacity for empathic concern for others, which in turn leads people to show more prejudice toward stigmatized others. We theorized that hubristic pride would reduce empathic concern for others, thereby increasing prejudice, because hubristic pride is characterized by feelings of superiority, aggression, and dominance that undermine people’s capacity for empathic concern.

Claire Ashton-James is a professor of social psychology at the VU University Amsterdam.

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