8 body language habits of stuck up people who think they’re better than everyone else

There’s a marked distinction between confidence and arrogance.

Often, it’s in the body language. Arrogant people, or those who believe they’re superior to others, have certain non-verbal cues that give them away.

Observing these body language habits can provide a fascinating insight into their mindset.

And who knows, understanding these habits might even help you grow as a person and navigate tricky social situations more effectively.

Let’s go ahead and delve into the body language habits of those who have an inflated sense of self-worth. 

1) Dominating the space

There’s an air of superiority and arrogance that cannot be missed.

Individuals who believe they’re better than the rest have a knack for dominating the space around them.

They often use their body language to stake out their territory, so to speak.

With broad gestures and expansive postures, they subtly assert their dominance.

They stretch out, take up more room, and generally make their presence felt.

It’s a silent announcement of their importance and superiority.

A physical manifestation of their inner belief that they’re above everyone else.

But remember, body language is nuanced.

It’s essential to consider other factors like cultural differences before making any definitive judgments.

So while expansive postures might be one indicator of arrogance, it’s not the only one.

2) Lack of genuine interest

I recall a time when I encountered someone who personified this particular body language habit.

I was at a networking event and was introduced to this individual, let’s call him John.

From the onset, John seemed uninterested. His eyes were constantly scanning the room, barely making any eye contact with me.

Our conversation felt one-sided, with his responses being brief and disinterested.

His body language screamed of his lack of genuine interest – he was physically present, but mentally, he was anywhere but there.

This is another common habit of people who think they’re better than everyone else.

They often show little to no interest in others because they believe they’re above them.

This lack of genuine interest can manifest as avoiding eye contact, giving minimal responses, or constantly looking around during a conversation.

It’s a subtle way of communicating that they don’t value the interaction or the person they’re interacting with as much as they value themselves.

3) Overly critical body language

Arrogant individuals often display overly critical body language.

They’re quick to judge and their non-verbal cues reflect this.

They may roll their eyes, smirk, or make dismissive gestures while others are speaking.

These actions dismiss the value of other people’s thoughts and opinions, reinforcing their belief in their own superiority.

In a study, researchers found a direct correlation between arrogance and dismissive behavior.

This means that our perception of arrogance isn’t just in our heads; it has scientific backing.

4) The unapproachable aura

The unapproachable aura 8 body language habits of stuck up people who think they're better than everyone else

People who believe they’re superior to others often exude an unapproachable aura.

Their body language is geared towards distancing themselves from the ‘common folk’.

They might cross their arms, maintain a stiff posture, or simply hold themselves in a way that discourages others from approaching them.

It’s as if they’re physically manifesting a barrier to keep others at bay.

This standoffish body language not only separates them from others but also subtly communicates their perceived superiority.

They make it clear, without uttering a word, that they believe they’re on a different level compared to those around them – so don’t you dare approach them.

5) Lack of empathy in interactions

One of the most disheartening body language habits of people who think they’re better than others is their apparent lack of empathy.

They rarely mirror the emotions of the person they’re interacting with, a habit that’s common in empathetic interactions.

You’ll notice that they don’t share the joy when someone is excited, or empathize when someone is upset.

The effects of this absence of emotional mirroring can be particularly hurtful, as it makes people around them feel unseen and unheard.

It’s a stark reminder of the emotional disconnect that can stem from an inflated sense of self-worth, making interactions with such individuals a challenging task.

6) The constant need to be the center of attention

I remember a friend from my college days who had a habit of always trying to be the center of attention.

He would often interrupt others to share his own experiences or would steer the conversation towards his achievements.

His body language was always expressive, dramatic even.

He’d make grand gestures, speak louder than necessary, and would always position himself at the center of any gathering.

Every group photo has him smack dab in the center.

He had many excellent qualities, but unfortunately his constant craving for attention often overshadowed them and made interactions with him draining.

It was as if his desire to prove his superiority took precedence over forming genuine connections with others.

Paradoxically, trying to always be the center of attention ends up pushing many people out of it.

7) Frequent interruption

Another body language habit of those who think they’re superior is frequent interruption.

They don’t just interrupt with words, they do it with their body language too.

They may lean forward, raise their hand, or make a cutting motion while someone else is speaking.

These actions are a clear signal that they believe their words are more important than anyone else’s.

This lack of respect for others’ speaking turns can be off-putting and is a clear indication of their inflated sense of self-importance.

Their belief in their superiority is so strong that they can’t bear to let anyone else have the spotlight, even for a moment.

8) No signs of active listening

The most crucial thing to remember about people who think they’re better than everyone else is that their body language often lacks signs of active listening.

Active listening involves showing interest, making eye contact, nodding in agreement, and giving verbal cues to show understanding.

These individuals, however, may exhibit none of these traits while others are speaking.

The reasons why are pretty clear – they believe they already know better or have more important things to say, making them indifferent to other’s perspectives.

It’s a telling sign of arrogance and one that’s hard to miss once you know what to look for.

Reflecting on the signs

Human behavior is a complex web of conscious and subconscious signals, and body language is a crucial part of that web.

While we’ve delved into the body language habits of people who think they’re better than everyone else, it’s essential to remember that these are mere observations, not definitive judgments.

People can change, and behaviors can be unlearned.

The first step towards change is awareness, and by understanding these body language habits, we can start to cultivate more empathy and humility in our interactions.

Research by Dr. Paul Ekman, a pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions, suggests that the more we understand about body language, the better we can navigate our social world.

So, as you move forward, carry this newfound knowledge with you.

Use it not to judge or criticize others but to foster better connections, encourage open conversations, and promote mutual respect.

Because at the end of the day, we’re all just humans trying to navigate this complex world together.

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Mia Zhang

Mia Zhang blends Eastern and Western perspectives in her approach to self-improvement. Her writing explores the intersection of cultural identity and personal growth. Mia encourages readers to embrace their unique backgrounds as a source of strength and inspiration in their life journeys.

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