Improperly baked beans
I think an inflated ego is really low self esteem and insecurity. Those that are truly in touch with who they are and are aware human beings know that we are all equal. It is great to feel pride and good about ourselves but sometimes ego leads to narrow minds and judgement. I think it is a strong moral compass that you follow leads to Pride.
The short answer to this is......<br />
You do.....You allow it.
inflated ego= frozen waffle + bicycle pump
A person who has pride has someone that has spent his or her life doing things with their dignity intact. They haven't done anything cheap and low class. They have lots of self respect and healthy amount of self-esteem. They are self sufficient and very much comfortable in their own skin. They don't seek approvals. Whereas the one with inflated ego is someone with lots of insecurities and don't feel good about himself. An inflated ego is usually a fragile ego. They are the people who haven't addressed their inner issues and instead of solving them to get inner confidence they have covered it up with false ego so that nobody can see how ashamed they really are of themselves. It's a mask to protect themselves from getting exposed which unfortunately doesn't last long as this world is quite sharp and the road is full of bumps. Somewhere at sometime the mask is gonna fall off anyway so the wise approach is to address the inner insecurities work on them and become a confident person instead of putting up a false ego face. Cheers