Many people believe that a snob is an arrogant person who finds himself better than anyone else for any reason, proud of this and clearly demonstrating his superiority. Other people usually find his behavior to be repulsive, as they are unpleasant to see an obvious and unreasonable understatement of one's own material, intellectual, cultural or other level. The main personal quality of the snob can be called pride and self-esteem, directed towards vanity.
Who is a snob?
Snob is a person inclined to self-admiration, possessing megalomania and bowing before what, in his opinion, has an affinity for the high and prestigious. For him, it is peculiar to exaggerate the significance of some things.
Snob very carefully observes the rules of the style of the circle of people he wants to treat. At the same time, he sincerely believes that he understands most subtly and correctly all the requirements of a characteristic fashion. The behavior styles of snobs are reduced to worshiping what the elite values. But objects or works of art are recognized not because of their true value, but because their properties are understood by representatives of the highest class, which you need to be like.
Snob feels the need to enjoy its own importance. But this is impossible alone, because he feels the need to stand out from the background of others. In addition, people who are weak in spirit can not be alone with themselves for a long time.
What is characteristic of a person's snob?
For a snob, it is peculiar to stop a relationship with a person who does not act according to the higher standards that they demand. At the same time, if a representative of the high class, to whom the proud also wants to treat, also admits a similar oversight, then this remains unnoticed. That is, a snob breaks off a relationship with a good and intelligent person if he buys products on the market, rather than in an elite supermarket. But if a well-known person, imitated by a proud person, does the same thing, then the hypocrite confirms the correctness of his choice. For a snob, it is often peculiar to exaggerate the importance of the system of separation into classes in society.
Other people usually do not even intend to compete with him or prove their superiority, and before he even appears they do not know that they have something wrong. Snob is experiencing an intuitive desire to develop in the acquaintances and relatives a flawed feeling and rise at their expense.
How does a snob select a circle of friends?
At the same time, one can not say that a snob is dishonest in his actions, since he actually considers himself better than others. This person believes that his knowledge is special, the manners of behavior are exquisite, the taste is subtle or the origin is more notable than that of other people. Snob does not maintain relations with friends who do not "hold out" to its level, and if such people accidentally fall into his environment, then breaks off all contacts with them.
It is very important for a snob to be superior to other people in something, so that such a person can first pay attention to what the majority does not have, and draw their own conclusions about their insolvency. After that, he intentionally demonstrates his superiority, creating in the minds of acquaintances the illusion of having the same things as he does. Because of the lack of such criteria in people, the snob tacitly indicates (by gestures, facial expressions, deeds) on their low status. The manner of communication of the snob is to look past the interlocutor, the words through their teeth.
What is a snob proud of?
As a subject for pride, talent, a large sum of money, connections with high-ranking people, and so on can act. There are also reverse cases, when a snob demonstrates his superiority in the ability to own something less than his friends, or simply another. By and large, the snob is absolutely indifferent about what the advantage is. His manner of communication is to present his views and property as the most correct in any situation.
There are many examples:
- A laptop is better than a desktop computer.
- Obsolete and simple phone model is preferable to new and ultra-modern.
- A house in the country is better than an apartment in an elite central area (and vice versa).
- More modern technology is better than the one that was bought even a year ago.
- Antique products are valued above any others.
- A small car is better than a big one, since it is more maneuverable.
- An expensive large car is better than a small one, because it is more prestigious, and so on.
Many people know the preference for quality branded things to ordinary consumer goods. But not always there is an opportunity or even a desire to purchase, for example, a leather belt of a prestigious and better brand. A reasonable solution is the purchase of a trademark of an average level, which is made by an adequate person in their actions, on the functionality of the goods. And society fully accepts his choice.
But there is a certain type of people who are literally worshiping brands. Usually these individuals have a considerable inferiority complex. They believe that let the ordinary even a poor-quality thing with the label be bought, than completely natural and decent, but without it. Such people increase their own importance in their own eyes, acquiring more and more products of elite brands.
There is also snobbery, based on an unshakable confidence in superiority in terms of mental qualities or external attractiveness. It happens that this happens on a religious level, since the followers of the right religion fall into Heaven, and all the rest - to Hell. Or the feeling of superiority arises in relation to people with a dark skin color or to the people of the third world. Such a person and society are not in a harmonious relationship, because a person experiences an internal protest before his origin.
Snobbery in art is manifested in the assertion that a person can not evaluate an actual work. As if this is the common sense, but in fact the real creator creates something at the behest of the inner voice. A connoisseur or an intelligent person who is interested in art can see something in the work for himself, feel it without having any specific knowledge.
History of occurrence
The notion of "snob" originated in England and designated the man of the profession "a small shoemaker". Then this word began to be called personalities, who want to join the higher society and get into the environment of aristocrats. At that time, the hypocrite did not have a proper taste in clothes, which was very noticeable. But gradually this quality has disappeared, since the modern snob is a person who looks fashionable and stylish.
The type of "English snob" appeared in the UK in the Victorian era as a result of the emergence of a commercial aristocracy - a new social class. For its representatives is not peculiarly noble, but significant in political and economic spheres. At that time aristocrats and landowners had a significant influence, but the new class did everything in its power to acquire the corresponding status.
Snob is just an upstart?
You can not call a snob an ordinary upstart simply because he takes great care to keep secretly all the information about his low-born origin. At the same time, only a snob can believe so, since all his acquaintances do not consider that there is any concealed problem with their social status.
This is also evidenced by his belief in his own uniqueness and conviction in the right to occupy a high position. But famous people by and large do not interest him as a person, since he needs only belonging to a high class.
For example, a careerist can try to communicate with rich and successful people in order to learn from them knowledge and experience, to establish relationships that may help advance the career ladder, make new acquaintances. But the snob believes that he treats noble people like that, so he should only communicate with them. He seems to play a role in the theater, he creates for himself the scenery.
Snob-intellectual, cultural and musical proud
There is such a kind, as a snob-intellectual, appeared in the XX century. This is also true of modern British society. At the heart of such snobbery are special mental abilities, a remarkable refined taste. As a kind of intellectual snobbery is considered a person who understands wine (considers himself so). He believes that his knowledge and taste are special.
There is also a cultural snob. He is a person who understands culture, literature, art, possesses an encyclopedic mind, who is in art galleries.
A musical snob is a proud person who is deeply involved in music and knows a lot about it. He buys discs in large numbers, visits concerts, tracks the latest trends, understands musical directions, is always aware of the release of new albums and looks forward to them. Such a person is the most harmless of all kinds of snobs. His interlocutors for many hours talking about reviews, compositions and other things are mostly on the Internet. In fact, we can not say that a snob is a fully intelligent person, since it only creates the appearance of such a person.
Fashionable, office and snob-bourgeois
There are snobs who have substantial material wealth, which allows them to purchase things that are inaccessible to many. Buy exclusive goods only for the sake of the prestige of owning a snob-bourgeois.
A fashionable snob is a person who is interested in fashionable and expensive clothes of famous brands. Such people disapprove of the owners of simple and inexpensive things.
A person holding intermediate managerial positions (deputy chief, department head) can be defined as an office snob. The significance of this concept is in the worship of the leadership and arrogant attitude towards the lower-ranking co-workers.
The English themselves are considered an arrogant nation, so they are often accused of snobbery because of excessive self-confidence. For modern British society, the manifestation of snobbery in any social class in relation to representatives of the lower class is characteristic.