Low self-esteem is not humility. Quite the reverse. Often mistaken for humility, low self-esteem is actually the opposite although the symptoms can be mistaken for humility—downcast eyes, discomfort in the limelight, and deflecting praise; while the real giveaways are overlooked—avoidance of people, superficiality, and few friends. Rather than saying “I’m better than anyone else,” it is saying “I’m worse than anyone else.” Anti-pride is still pride.

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