Signs of egotism

Updated March 18, 2017

Egotism is a term that is used to describe the concept of being particularly boastful, narcissistic and arrogant. Egotistical people typically think overly highly of themselves in terms of their capabilities, intelligence, humour and physical appearance. Be on the lookout for key signs that someone is living with a serious case of egotism.


Although many outward actions might lead others to believe otherwise, one sign of egotism is a low and delicate self-esteem. In many instances, people that suffer from low self-confidence overcompensate for how they feel about themselves by engaging in egotistical behaviours.


People with egotism also tend to daydream about achieving grand goals, whether they are about attaining a certain level of outer beauty, success in their career field, money or power.


One telltale sign of an egotist is being a big talker. If someone is constantly telling big stories about himself that seem rather dubious, he likely is exaggerating the situation or outright lying. For instance, if someone says that he owns a luxury chateau in the French countryside, he might really mean that he owns a small condo in a working-class Parisian suburb.


A classic symptom of egotism is attention-seeking behaviour. People with egotism are always seeking outside validation and approval, and they feel as if they can achieve that through attention from others. If a person is always looking to be the centre of attention no matter where she goes, she is probably an egotist.


When people are egotistical, they often truly believe, or are at least trying to convince themselves, that they are better and more important than others. As a result, it is not uncommon to witness egotistical people taking advantage of other people for their own personal gains.


Since egotism often is a front used by people to hide feelings of inadequacy, some egotistical people might obsessively compare themselves with others less fortunate to make themselves feel better about their own lives.

Premature Criticism

Premature criticism of other people also can point to egotism. If a person is always criticising others without even giving them a chance to first prove themselves, he might be afraid of acknowledging the value and talents of anyone other than himself. Excessive jealousy is a major signal of egotism.


Selfishness also is a typical egotistical behaviour. Egotistical individuals might act as if no one else exists, and they constantly behave as if other people do not have feelings or emotions.


People with egotism also often exude an air of entitlement. They might always expect special treatment from others no matter where they go.

Overly Sensitive

People with egotism often are hypersensitive, although they try hard not to show that to others. Egotistical people as a result are very quick to feel rejected, hurt and humiliated. These people also often put up a "front" of being tough, unemotional and cool.

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Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation. Tramilton received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Kean University.