Episode 174: Jessica Tracy – Pride: The Secret To Human Success

Jessica Tracy is a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she also directs the Emotion and Self Lab. Her research focuses on emotions and emotion expression, and especially on the self-conscious emotions of pride and shame. She has published over 80 journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and reviews, and her groundbreaking work on pride has been covered by hundreds of media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York Times, the Economist, and Scientific American. Tracy was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and now lives in Vancouver with her daughter and her partner.

Her book is: Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. It has received rave reviews by some of the brightest minds in the world

Episode 174: Jessica Tracy – Pride: The Secret To Human Success

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“Good pride = Authentic.  Bad pride = Hubristic.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Jessica’s initial interest in Pride – Started studying in grad school in 1999.
  • Managing the challenge of others caring about us — At an evolutionary level. We need authentic pride
  • Sharing on social media – Pride in “likes” — only posting the 5% best aspect of our lives
    • It’s a slippery slope caring too much what others think
    • The “over sharers” on social media — what it really means
  • Lance Armstrong initially had authentic pride — an incredible work ethic… Then it grew to hubristic pride and he doped/cheated
  • JJ Watt — Hubristic pride? The “log cabin” story
  • Pride in the workplace – Power and Leadership
  • Authentic Pride — Leads to prestige
  • Bosses: The “do what I tell you or you’ll be fired” are bosses who have hubristic pride. Insecure, people dislike them and typically will quit.
  • Prestigious leaders are well-liked and respected bosses. Secure in themselves
  • Donald Trump = Hubristic pride
  • The story of Dean Karnazes – successful businessman — At 30 realized something was missing. Became a runner
  • Good pride = Authentic.  Bad pride = Hubristic.
  • Execution
  • Common themes of excellence = Growth mindset — Intrinsic goals vs money/fame

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