Answer: Self-love is not even pride. It is simply egoism. Pride is when man extracts something from himself and believes that this elevates him above others.
Question: Can I be proud of overcoming my nature, my natural attributes? Let’s say I acquire strength thanks to my efforts in the group. So I am proud that I have the strength to raise the importance of the friends and of the goal, right?
Answer: If it is about the importance of the friend, the importance of the goal, the importance of the Creator, that is, everything that leads us to the purpose of creation, then, of course, it is positive pride. Precisely about it it was written: “And his heart was high in the ways of the Lord.”
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/22/19