I came across this wonderful article from Aeon Magazine about the essence of jerkitude. It really matches up well with one of my favorite books, “Leadership and Self Deception.” We have all run into people who are self important and simply putting up with the rest of us. In his June 2014 article, Eric Schwitzgebel tries to get figure out what makes jerk tick.
Here are a few excerpts, if you like them, I have included a link to the full article at the end:
The jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers…