A while back I posted this on negative pride, the idea that those who have a low opinion of themselves seek to be the centre of attention because of it. I came across this quote from Tim Keller this morning which I think is helpful in this regard.
the opposite of thinking highly of ourselves is not thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less.
The more I look at myself, whether it’s with boastful or degrading thoughts, I will reinforce my belief that I am the centre of my universe. Pride isn’t fussy in that respect, it’ll let me live as the hero or the villain as long as I’m centre stage and playing the lead role.
It’s only as I think less of myself and look more to Christ that I’m truly able to defeat the pride of my heart, by allowing him to rule it.