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Pride, Even the Hubristic Kind, Allows Us to Survive

the supposed basic emotions, such as fear, sadness and anger, which are said to have evolved as means of survival. For instance, an onslaught of fearful emotions could keep a person protected from danger and threat.

"We believe [pride is] an evolved emotion, but it's a little bit more indirectly related to survival. To the extent that it allows us to survive, it does that by helping us maintain our social relationships with others, sort of maintain our place in the social hierarchy," Tracy said.

In the past, while a demonstration of authentic self-esteem might have indicated a person's selfless behaviour, hubris might have been a social "short cut," a way to dodge others into paying one respect.

The scientists suggest that if they couldn't get respect the conventional way, our ancestors discovered how to act accomplished.

The study is published in the June issue of the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.


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