Many people believe that a snob is an arrogant person who finds himself better than the others for any reason, who is proud of it and clearly demonstrates his superiority. Other people usually find his behaviors repulsive, as it is unpleasant for them to see an obvious and unjustified minimization of their own material, intellectual, cultural or other level. The main personal quality of a snob can be called pride and vanity, directed towards vanity.
Who is a snob?
Snob is a person inclined to narcissism, possessing delusions of grandeur and bowing to what, in his opinion, he belongs to the high and prestigious. It is characteristic of him to exaggerate the significance of some things.
Snob very carefully follows the rules of style of the circle of people to which he wants to relate. At the same time, he sincerely believes that he understands all the requirements of the characteristic fashion most subtly and correctly. The behaviors of the snobs are reduced to the worship of what the elite value. But objects or works of art are not recognized because of their true value, but because their properties are understood by the representatives of the upper class, who need to be like.
Snob feels the need to enjoy its own value. But this is impossible alone, as he feels the need to stand out from others. In addition, weak-minded people are not able to be long alone with themselves.
What characterizes the snob personality?
It is common for a snob to terminate a relationship with a person who does not act according to the exaggerated standards they require. Moreover, if a high-class representative, to whom the proud man wants to be related, also makes a similar mistake, this goes unnoticed. That is, a snob breaks off relations with a good and intelligent person if he buys products on the market, and not in an elite supermarket. But at the same time, if a famous person, whom the proud man imitates, does the same, then the hypocrite confirms the correctness of his choice. For a snob, it is often peculiar to exaggerate the significance of the system of class division in society.
Other people are usually not even going to compete with him or prove their superiority, and even before his appearance they don’t even realize that something is wrong with them. Snob feels an intuitive desire to develop in friends and relatives a defective feeling and to rise at their expense.
How does the snob choose their circle of acquaintances?
At the same time, it is impossible to say that the snob is dishonest in his actions, as he actually considers himself better than others. This person believes that his knowledge is special, his behavior is refined, the taste is refined, or the origin is more notable than that of other people. Snob does not maintain relations with friends who do not “reach out” to his level, and if such people accidentally fall into his circle, he breaks off all contacts with them.
It is very important for a snob to surpass other people in some way, so such a person can first pay attention to what the majority do not have and draw their own conclusions about their inconsistency. After that, he deliberately demonstrates his superiority, creating in the minds of his acquaintances the illusion of having to possess the same things that he has. Due to the lack of a similar criterion among people, the snob secretly indicates (gestures, facial expressions, actions) their low status. The way a snob is communicating is to look past the interlocutor, breathing words through his teeth.
What is a snob proud of?
As a subject for pride can be talent, a large sum of money, having connections with senior people and so on. There are also the opposite cases, when a snob clearly demonstrates its superiority in the ability to possess something less than his friends, or just another. By and large, a snob is absolutely indifferent to what an advantage is. His manner of communication is to present his views and property as the most correct in any situation.
Many examples can be given:
- A laptop is better than a desktop computer.
- Outdated and simple phone model is preferable to the new and ultramodern.
- A house outside the city is better than an apartment in an elite central area (it happens and vice versa).
- More modern technology is better than the one that was purchased 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, since it is more prestigious and so on.
Varieties of snobs
The preference of high-quality branded items to ordinary consumer goods is known to many. But not always there is the possibility or even the desire to acquire, for example, a leather belt of a prestigious and better brand. A sensible decision is to buy the same in terms of functionality of the product of the trademark of the average level, which makes people adequate in their actions. And the society fully accepts his choice.
But there is a certain type of people who literally worship brands. Usually these individuals have a considerable inferiority complex. They believe that even a poor quality item with a label will be bought than a completely natural and decent one, but without it. Such people increase their own value in their own eyes, acquiring an increasing number of elite brand goods.
There is also snobbery based on unshakable confidence in superiority in mental qualities or visual appeal. It so happens that this happens at the religious level, as the adherents of the correct religion go to Paradise, and all the rest go to Hell. Or a sense of superiority arises in relation to people with dark skin or to residents of third world countries. Such a person and society are not in a harmonious relationship, because the person feels an internal protest against his origin.
Snobbery in art is manifested in the statement that a person is not capable of assessing a real 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 for himself in the work, feel it without having any specific knowledge.
The concept of "snob" originated in England and meant the person of the profession "small shoemaker". Then this word began to call individuals who want to join the high society and rubbing aristocrats into the environment. At that time, the hypocrite did not have the appropriate taste in clothes, which was very noticeable. But gradually this quality disappeared, as a modern snob is a person who looks fashionable and stylish.
The “English snob” appearance appeared in Great Britain in the Victorian era as a consequence of the emergence of the commercial aristocracy - a new social class. For his representatives are characteristic not of a noble origin, but significance in political and economic spheres. At that time, aristocrats and landowners had a significant influence, but the new class in every way sought to acquire the appropriate status.
Is snob just an upstart?
It is impossible to call a snob an ordinary upstart, simply because he takes great care to keep secret all information about his lowland origin. At the same time, only a snob can believe this, since all his acquaintances do not at all believe that any problem that requires hiding is connected with their social status.
This is also evidenced by his belief in his uniqueness and belief in the right to occupy a high position. But, by and large, famous people are not interested in him as a person, since he only needs them to belong to a high class.
For example, a careerist can try to communicate with rich and successful people in order to learn from them the knowledge and experience, to build relationships that may help to advance through the career ladder, make new acquaintances. But the snob believes that he and so applies to noble people, therefore, should only communicate with them. He seems to play a role in the theater, creating the scenery for himself.
Snob-intellectual, cultural and musical proud
There is a kind of intellectual snob that appeared in the 20th century. This is also characteristic of modern British society. At the heart of such snobbery - special mental abilities, wonderful refined taste. As a kind of intellectual snobbery is considered a person who understands the fault (considers himself so). He believes that his knowledge and taste are special.
There is also a cultural snob. This is a person who understands culture, literature, art, has an encyclopedic mind, is in art galleries.
Musical snob - proud, who is deeply fascinated by music and knows a lot about it. Acquires CDs in large numbers, attends concerts, tracks the latest trends, understands music trends, is always aware of the release of new albums and looks forward to them. Such a person is the most innocent of all sorts of snobs. His interlocutors for many hours of talking about reviews, compositions, etc., are mostly on the Internet. In fact, it cannot be said that a snob is a fully intelligent person, as he only creates the appearance of such a person.
Fashionable, office and bourgeois snobs
There are snobs with substantial material wealth, allowing to acquire things that are inaccessible to many. They buy exclusive goods just for the prestige of owning a bourgeois snoby.
A fashionable snob is a person who is interested in fashionable and expensive clothes of famous brands. Such people are disapproved of the owners of simple and inexpensive things.
A person holding intermediate management positions (deputy head, department head) may be defined as an office snob. The meaning of this concept in admiration for the leadership and arrogant attitude towards lower-ranking colleagues.
The British themselves are considered an arrogant nation, so they are often accused of snobbery because of excessive self-confidence. For modern British society, snobbery is characteristic of any social class in relation to the lower class.