Pride, shame and status

Pride is an excessively high opinion of oneself. The antonym of pride is shame—a negative evaluation of oneself.

When pride seeps in we begin to see ourselves in a higher class. And with shame, we see ourselves below.

Keith Johnstone in his brilliant book, Impro, explains that theatre is an exchange of status. That someone is always moving up or down.

Or to take it a step further:

Who is experiencing pride? Who is experiencing shame? Who’s up? Who’s down?

The story we tell ourselves (and the story that others tell of us) about pride and shame alters the story of our status.

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