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Confidence or arrogance?
lj_bot wrote in writersblock
What do you think is the main difference between confidence and arrogance? What exactly makes someone come across as confident in a way that you find appealing? Conversely, what makes you classify someone as arrogant rather than just confident?

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when someone cares about needs of both themselves and others, they are confident.
if egocentrism prevails, they are arrogant.

принимать во внимание интересы других людей, пытаться найти баланс, ощущая себя частью чего-то бОльшего, быть primus inter paris, первым среди равных - так ведут себя confident.

Edited at 2015-07-28 05:34 am (UTC)

To me, confidence implies security in one's own achievements or abilities; arrogance implies a need to succeed at the expense of others.

I remember going to a convention panel about promoting and pitching your work (and getting your foot in the door) and this topic came up. The speaker explained that the difference between [the fine line of] confident and cocky/arrogant was, "Confidence brings people up with you; cockiness puts others down."

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Confidence brings everyone up right along with you, you care about others and their needs while still showing that you are able to do what needs to get done.

Arrogance is stepping on others to get what you want, not considering others in your advancement. Arrogance brings others down, confidence brings everyone up.

For me it's what they say or do, but how they say or do it.

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