In this episode we discuss PRIDE – and why it may not be the deadly sin that it’s often cracked up to be. We dig into how the research defines pride, examine the critical distinction between self esteem and narcissism, the deep importance of being able to accept criticism, and look at the difference between strategies of dominance and strategies of prestige with Dr. Jessica Tracy.
Jessica is a professor of psychology at the University of BC where she also directs the Emotion and Self Lab. She is the author of Take Pride: Why The Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. She has published over 80 journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and reviews, and her groundbreaking work on pride has been covered by hundreds of media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York Times, the Economist, and Scientific American.How Jessica defines Pride in a way that may shock youHow pride can also be positiveThe two different kinds of pride experiences How one type of pride is linked to tons of positive outcomes (and the other has severe downsides)The critical distinction between self esteem and narcissismThe truth about what narciststs and hubristic people feel deep downWe dig into research studies show about how people with narcissism deal with criticism The critical importance of being able to take criticism Why not being able to take criticism is a huge red flag for hubristic prideWe discuss Paul Eckman’s research on the universality of emotionsThe expansive and visually apparent physical display of Pride and how you can recognize itThe fascinating finding from studying blind olympians and how they demonstrate prideHow pride can be a huge positive motivator to make you want to succeedWe dig into a number of specific research examples from Dr. Tracy’s researchHow your emotions are “adaptive” and what that meansThe adaptive benefits of pride and how it helps you achieve statusThe critical difference between prestige and dominance We discuss whether a strategy of dominance or a strategy of prestige is more effective in creating the results you wantWould you rather be loved or feared? (we answer that)We discuss President Donald Trump and how his strategy of dominance caught many people by surprise and serve as a fascinating real life case study of Dr. Tracy’s researchWe discuss the concept of “self conscious emotions”, what they are, and why they are importantWe discuss some of Dr. Tracy's research about shame Why its better to be guilty than ashamed