I seriously wrestle with this one. Thanks.
Q. 296. What is pride?
A. Pride is an excessive love of our own ability; so that we would rather sinfully disobey than humble ourselves.
Q. 297. What effect has pride on our souls?
A. Pride begets in our souls sinful ambition, vainglory, presumption and hypocrisy.
The difference between pride and self-confidence is rooted in their reason and effects.
Self-confidence (or “good pride”) is rooted in reality, justice, and love of neighbor. It pushes us to be better and achieve better for ourselves and others.
Pride is rooted in an exaggerated sense of self and ability. It seeks selfish goals and puts down other people and their gifts and talents.