Self-delusion, self-importance, 'smallness' in the figurative sense.
Arrogance itself isn't bad if I feel it's justified. It's just confidence so ingrained that the person is not even aware of it. Arrogance to me is also subject specific and not so much character wide.
Self-importance to me is different, it's more from a place of insecurity and desire to put others down and constantly puff out ones chest. Assholes are self-important and I find this quality a lot in people who wish they were wealthier or fancy themselves to be classy (or just 'better' than those around them).
I've met a lot of self-important asshole real estate agents, salespeople for expensive boutiques, young people whose ambitions way overshoot their talents (I'm totally hating here), basically people who themselves don't possess the coveted object but merely handle or admire the transaction and usually have less money than their customers. I guess that role can do strange things to your ego and insecurities.
*Edit* Oh, and this can be summed up as a petulant feeling of entitlement. /*edit*
Cannot fucking STAND.
"Smallness" covers a wide range of things, including crudeness, lack of compassion, thoughtlessness, etc.
A combination of being self-delusional, self-important, and small is almost guaranteed to set me off into a tirade. That's the winning trifecta.
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.” ― Oscar Wilde
Interesting... What are your thoughts on Ayn Rand?
I am completely ignorant with regard to Ayn Rand. I started The Fountainhead but never completed it.
To explain further, before we respect who we are and take responsibility, we can never respect anything else or possess strength or integrity. It probably works in the reverse as well. If we learn to respect others and to possess integrity, we can develop ego.
Do you like Ayn Rand? If so, why?
"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."
Unkindness, I think, is the thing that bothers me the most.
"I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." -Martin Luther King, Jr.