Hubris Syndrome Made Simple: What You Need To Know

“Dark Side” of leadership traits

4 min readJan 9, 2022


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As a PhD researcher, I enjoy gathering insights that will help me better understand our sense of personality, behaviour, and mind. In this article, I will be exploring the Hubris syndrome and its characteristics.

The hubris personality can be defined by an extreme sense of self-confidence, pride, and self-importance. This is why people with hubristic personality traits tend to exaggerate their qualities, experiences, and chances of succeeding. Because of their extreme sense of self-confidence, these kinds of individuals always feel that they will achieve triumph in anything. Also, they would not think twice before crossing any line of moral reasoning.


We can encounter many arrogant people in our everyday life but, this problematic personality is often linked with the people with power. This is why, executive-level people, CEOs, politicians, and judges are most likely to possess hubris characteristics.

Signs of Hubris Syndrome

Lord Owen, a former medical doctor, politician, and British Foreign Secretary (1977–79), and now a member of the House of Lords and psychiatrist Jonathan Davidson of the Duke University Medical Center found that hubris can be defined as more of a syndrome.

They also discovered the following signs of hubris syndrome:

i) Extreme self-confidence and disregard for criticism from others.

ii) Representing own image as messianic or heroic.

iii) Detachment with reality.

iv) Extremely obsessive about own personal image.

v) Abusing power for self-grandiosity.

vi) Behaving impulsively or carelessly.

vii) Extreme cockiness that causes a lack of attention to detail.

Owen and Davidson further discovered that there is a link between all of these characteristics and other personality disorders, specifically narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Also, from the above signs, seven of them are indicators of NPD and other two personality disorders histrionic personality disorder (HPD) and…



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