Spirit Of Pride Characteristics

The spirit of pride is evident in many areas of our lives. Proverbs 16:18-19 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” A proud spirit is one that exalts itself above others, leading them down a path towards destruction. Although not all proud people are evil or wicked, the Bible does indicate that their actions will lead them down a destructive path. The following list contains some characteristics and symptoms of a proud spirit:

Spirit Of Pride Characteristics


  • Argumentative

Argumentative people are often argumentative because they are trying to prove themselves right. You may hear them saying things like, “I’m always right,” or “You’re wrong.” They don’t want to hear other people’s opinions and take pride in being the smartest person in a room.


Boasting is a form of flattery and self-promotion.

Boasting is a form of lying.

Boasting is bragging, showing off, self-aggrandizement, self-glorification, and vainglory (laudatory speech or writing).


This is the most common characteristic of a controlling person. If you have been involved with a controlling person, you already know how difficult it is to deal with them and live with them. They like to be in charge of everything and everyone around them, including family members and friends.

Controlling people are often not easy to be around because they can make others feel bad about themselves by criticizing or putting down their ideas, opinions and feelings. They often get angry when someone doesn’t agree with them, even if it’s something small like what movie they want to watch on television. The reason why they act this way is because they believe that their opinions are better than anyone else’s opinion so nobody should disagree with them at all costs!


Criticism is a form of disapproval. It is an act of judgment, and its purpose is to find fault in something or someone. The word criticism comes from the Latin word criticus, which means “to judge.”

Therefore, when you criticize someone or something, you are judging them negatively with the express intention of finding fault in them—and this can be done in any number of ways: verbally (e.g., saying “your clothes are stupid”), physically (e.g., punching your friend), or mentally/emotionally (e.g., kicking yourself for making a mistake).


Defensiveness is a sign of pride, but it can also be a sign of insecurity. When someone feels as though they’re being attacked, they may respond defensively to defend themselves. Defensiveness can also be a lack of confidence or trust in oneself or others. Additionally, being defensive leads to an inability to love yourself and others in an open way.


One of the key characteristics of the spirit of pride is denial. Denial is a defense mechanism, which means it’s a way to avoid facing reality. When you engage in denial, you’re not giving yourself an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and grow as a person because you aren’t willing to face up to your actions or admit that they have consequences.

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Denial can also get in the way of taking responsibility for your own actions. If you deny your part in bad situations and try to shift blame onto others instead, then you aren’t doing anything about changing those bad situations—and if no one changes them, then nothing will change!

Finally, denial keeps us from seeing things as they really are. We all need some degree of self-deception so we can survive or get through difficult times (like going into battle), but when we use denial too much or apply it where it doesn’t belong (like pretending everything’s fine when clearly something isn’t), then we lose touch with reality and make bad decisions based on incorrect information


Discontentment is a lack of contentment. It’s the opposite of gratitude, and therefore it’s a sin. Discontentment happens when we aren’t happy with what God has given us. Discontentment comes from focusing on what we don’t have instead of being thankful for all that God has given us:

  • The Bible tells us that contentment is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
  • Contentment is being satisfied with what you have rather than always wanting more.
  • If you’re discontented, then you will never be happy because discontentment leads to envy (the desire to have something someone else possesses). Envy leads to strife and fighting among people who are not alike at all! This isn’t something Jesus wants for His followers!

Haughty eyes

The eyes are the windows to the soul. They are what people notice first when they meet you, and they are often the last thing they see before they leave your presence. Eyes can tell so much about a person: if someone is angry or happy, sad or tired—even if that person is lying to you!

The Spirit of Pride is not humble; therefore it cannot be trusted with secrets. However, this does not mean that all information must be shared with everyone at all times—there are times when discretion should be used in favor of honesty or openness (such as when dealing with sensitive topics).

Insensitivity to others

The following are some characteristics of the spirit of pride:

  • Disregard for others–lack of empathy, lack of compassion, lack of sympathy, insensitivity to others’ feelings and concerns;
  • Lack of concern for others’ feelings–lack of respect for their feelings; 3. Lack of consideration for their feelings; 4. Lack of respect for their needs and desires; 5. Failure to believe they have any rights


  • You often criticize others for their mistakes and flaws
  • You are unkind when it comes to commenting on the weakness of others, especially in a negative way
  • You can be quick to judge other people’s character based on outward appearances
  • You find it hard to trust others because you’re afraid they’ll hurt you.
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Lofty looks and thoughts/attitudes of self-importance (Romans 12:16)

Pride is a sin. It is a character flaw, characterized by an attitude of self-importance and self-centeredness that causes one to look down on others. Prideful people have a lack of humility and respect for others, as well as disrespect for God. They think they are better than everyone else, even though they know deep down inside that this isn’t true—which makes their pride all the more ridiculous!

The Bible teaches us that pride is an ugly thing: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). When we are prideful, we are turning away from God because He has given us so much already; He doesn’t need anything more from us except our love and obedience which comes through service to others rather than self-glorying attitudes or actions designed solely for personal gain at someone else’s expense or discomfort (Philippians 2:3).

Loud voice

Loud Voice

It is a sign of pride, anger, defiance and superiority. It is also a way to draw attention to yourself.

Outbursts of anger (Psalm 36:2; Psalm 131:1)

Anger is a sin. It is a sign of pride and self-gratification, not selflessness. This can be seen in the following verses:

Psalm 36:2 “Your mercy, O LORD, surpasses all the things that we imagine or understand; it reaches higher than heaven and deeper than Sheol.”

Psalm 131:1 “Lord my heart has heard you say to me,”

Overbearing attitude and actions

If you’re still unfamiliar with the spirit of Pride, it’s helpful to be able to recognize its characteristics. One of the most notable is an overbearing attitude and actions. Here are a few ways that Pride will try to assert its authority on others:

  • It might force itself into conversations or situations where it isn’t welcome.
  • It may make fun of others for not being as smart, talented, or beautiful as it is (which doesn’t even make sense).
  • It might interrupt people when they’re talking so that they can tell their story first.

Perfectionism – I know best and my way is the right way. Do it my way exactly or else! (Isaiah 5:21; Micah 6:8)

Perfectionism is a form of pride. It’s the attitude that says, “I know best and my way is the right way. Do it my way exactly or else!” (Isaiah 5:21; Micah 6:8). Perfectionists need to be in control, so they tend to micromanage others and are often critical of them when they don’t do things exactly as they want them done. Their critical spirit makes them hard on themselves as well as others around them. They have a hard time accepting anyone else’s input unless it agrees with their own ideas and suggestions, which means no one will ever see any positive changes in their lives because no one can please them under these conditions!

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Proverbs 16:18-19. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (KJV)

Pride, arrogance and an haughty spirit are all signs of prideful people. Pride is the most destructive thing that can happen to anyone. It leads to destruction, downfall and a fall. When you’re arrogant and have an haughty spirit, you are actually showing how much you despise others who are less fortunate than yourself. If a person despises others who aren’t as fortunate as they are, that person will never be satisfied with themselves or their life because they will always want more than what they have at that moment in time which is usually not enough for them because it’s never enough when someone has an ego problem like this one does! The example used above is about King Ahab who was jealous of Naboth’s vineyard so he tried everything he could possible do get his hands on it but he couldn’t so then instead he killed him! This same thing happens today too except we don’t kill each other anymore–but instead we use lawyers instead.”

Some characteristics and symptoms of a proud spirit can be found in this section.

Pride is a sin. Pride is a character flaw. Pride is a spiritual problem. Pride is a sin of the heart, mind and will. The proud man thinks of himself as superior to others; he exalts himself; he sets up his own opinions as law; he rejects the counsel or advice of others and prefers to follow his own course; he feels no need for God’s help or grace because he can do anything on his own strength; he despises those who are humble and lowly in spirit, but admires those who are proud like himself; he arrogantly looks down upon those whom he considers inferior to him in intelligence, knowledge or station in life – even though they may be more virtuous than him (see 1 Samuel 15:17-18).

A proud man thinks highly of himself but despises others around him because they don’t measure up to what HE thinks they should be doing/being/having etc…


This blog post was written to help you understand the characteristics of a proud spirit and how it manifests itself in our lives. We hope that you now have a better understanding of what pride looks like and feels like as well as some ways to overcome it!

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