03 ContemptThe feel of contempt is individual and based upon someone’s personal morals. Someone can feel contemptuous towards another person when they feel they have the higher moral ground such as if the person is doing something that they morally disapprove of. The feeling of contempt often accompanies the inclination to raise the chin, which is where the term “looking down your nose” comes from. Contempt could be felt towards the show off, someone that does not hold the door open for a person in a wheelchair (if not anger), the absent person who is always late, the person that spits on the pavement (if not disgust), or even the person that did not apparently have to work hard to achieve success. Contempt can also be aimed internally, with self contempt being triggered by thoughts such as “I should have done better,” “I forgot again,” “I knew I was right the first time,” “Should’ve guessed this was going to happen,” and “Serves me right for keeping my hopes up,” for example.

Contempt and disgust are closely related, with the key differences being disgust is experienced through taste, smell, sight or touch and contempt is experienced by feeling superior towards others or through self-disdain.

Matsumoto & Hwang sum up Larazus’s (1991) trigger for contempt being “immoral actions”, and the function of contempt being to assert superiority (Matsumoto & Hwang, 2012).

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About Bridget Dunn

A real estate professional since 2012, Bridget is known for integrity, diplomacy and sincerity in all her dealings. She has first and foremost strived to be someone in whom her clients and colleagues can put their trust and faith. Treating clients like family is both a guiding principal and way of life for Bridget. She is dedicated to listening intently to her clients needs and providing the best possible advice, from how to get the best sales result for their home, to matching individuals and families with the properties that best suit their needs.
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