• Dianne Schwartz

Arrogance and Grandiosity



Grandiosity says

the quality of being impressive and imposing in appearance or style, especially pretentiously so.

"pompous superiority or pretentiousness.

refers to an unrealistic sense of superiority in which you consider yourself unique and better than others. It also infers a disdain for people you consider to be inferior to you (by way of class, intelligence, beauty, heritage, etc.).May 29, 2022


Arrogance says:


1 : exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner an arrogant official. 2 : showing an offensive attitude of superiority : proceeding from or characterized by arrogance an arrogant reply.




I hear many of the clients in treatment for substance abuse as they learn about their first addiction, the food, rejecting the direction to attend 12 Step recovery meetings. I hear them say, overtly or covertly, “hey, I got this, I don’t need to go to those meetings, I know, I’m OK, others need to go but not me, I got this.”

Initially, these clients are told that they need a recovery support system to help them not pick up the alcohol or drugs. Their recovery from the eating behavior comes along with that but they first have to be stable with their sobriety. Then, of course, if they can be so engaged as they learn that the refined carbs will create cravings and keep them at risk for relapse they hear that more recovery meetings are needed because the seduction of the food is so powerful.


The “I got this” is arrogance and grandiosity. Most likely, it’s presented with “niceness” and charm, but it’s the disease of addiction dressed up –what is that saying—you can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig!