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While most of us rightly want to be exceptional in some way or another, we often feel a lot of social and moral pressure not to think of ourselves as generally better than others.

And, even more urgently, we feel pressure not to convey to others that we think ourselves superior and not to be primarily by a desire to be generally better than others.

We all know of many ways that powerful people can hurt others deliberately.

But sometimes powerful people hurt others inadvertently because they underestimate their power and do careless things which cause harms they never expected, and sometimes never notice even after the fact.

Sometimes a relatively well-meaning person does not want to superior to other people or, especially, to feel like she is someone who has a lot emotionally invested in being superior to other people.

This is likely due in some part to the various social and moral pressures against feeling better than others that I mentioned at the outset.

It is very easy for him to come off as confrontational, dismissive, and flat out discouragingly critical.

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This makes it easier for you to fail to take proper care about the ways that those power differentials put extra burdens of responsibility on you to make sure you are benefitting, rather than harming, those who your power affects.

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