Practice These Principles
Living the Spiritual Disciplines and Virtues in 12-Step Recovery

Appendix 4: Common Manifestations of Self: Character Defects

This table features the main character defects discussed in PTP Step 4, most concentratedly in chapters 13-16. Other defects will be treated in subsequent works on other Steps. Note that though envy and jealousy are emotions, they are included here because, in the AA understanding, they are invariably defective and, when habitual, function as defects of character. For a corresponding table of emotions and the defects of character that render them defective, see Appendix 3 on this site. 


Pride


 Definition


A distorted concern for self-importance that manifests itself in a variety of forms, including arrogance, conceit, domination, grandiosity, haughtiness, hyper-autonomy, impertinence, presumptuousness, pretentiousness, self-righteousness, snobbery, vanity, and willfulness


 Related
 Terms &

 Defects





Affectation, airs, arrogance, autocratic, bluster, boasting, bombast, bossy, braggadocio, bragging, cocky, conceit, conceited, contemptuous, defiance, disdainful, domineering, ego, egocentric, egoism, egomaniac, egotism, egotistical, ego trip, full of hot air, gall, grandiose, haughty, high-handed, know-it-all, hubris, immodest, imperious, insolent, lordly, loudmouth, megalomaniac, narcissistic, on an ego trip, overconfident, ostentatious, overbearing, overweening, peremptory, pompous, pretentious, prideful, proud, proudful, puffed-up, presumptuous, scornful, self-absorbed, self-admiration, self-centered, self-exaltation, self-glorification, self-importance, selfish, self-righteousness, self-satisfied, self-seeking, self-sufficient, self-worship, show off, smart-aleck, smug, snobbish, snooty, snotty, stuck up, superiority, supercilious, swagger, swelled head, uppity, vain, vainglory, vaunting


 Corrective 

 Character
 Virtues


Acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, justice, kindness, patience, peacefulness, temperance, tolerance


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