"The third subdivision in the expansive solution Horney calls arrogant vindication. These individuals have an overwhelming need for vindictive triumph. In fact, vindication, or vengeance, becomes an entire way of life. This compulsive need for vindication is often accompanied by extreme competitiveness. They want to intimidate others into a subdued position" (Cooper, pg. 117).
"The arrogant-vindictive solution is in many ways the opposite of the self-effacing one. . . . The desire for love is replaced by ambition and a drive toward 'vindictive triumph'. They live for the 'day of reckoning' when they will prove their superiority, put their enemies to shame, and show how they have been wronged. They dream of becoming great heroes: 'the persecutor, the leader, the scientist attaining immortal fame'.
"As adults, arrogant-vindictive people are ferociously competitive: they 'cannot tolerate anybody who knows or achieves more. . . , wields more power, or in any way questions [their] superiority'. They have to humiliate of defeat their rivals. They retaliate when injured by hurting their enemies more than they have been hurt. Ruthless and cynical in their relationships, arrogant-vindictive people seek to exploit and outsmart others. They trust no one and are out to get others before they get them. They avoid emotional involvement and dependency, using the relationships of friendship and marriage simply to enhance their social and economic position. Wishing to be hard and tough, they regard all manifestations of feeling as sloppy sentimentality. Since it is important for people 'as isolated and as hostile' as they not to need others, they develop 'a pronounced pride in a godlike self-sufficiency'" (Paris, pg. 194).
"Arrogant-vindictive people fear the emergence of their compliant trends because this would make them vulnerable in an evil world, would cause them to feel like fools, and would threaten their bargain, which is essentially with themselves. They do not count on the world to give them anything but are convinced they can reach their ambitious goals if they remain true to their vision of life as a battle and refuse to be seduced by traditional morality or their own softer feelings. If their predominant solution collapses, powerful self-effacing trends may emerge" (pg. 195).
Terry D. Cooper (2003). Sin, Pride, and Self-Acceptance: The Problem of Identity in Theology and Psychology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
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Bernard J. Paris (1994). Karen Horney : A Psychoanalyst`s Search for Self-Understanding . New Haven, CT: Yale UP.