He believed that to name an evil was to neutralize if not annihilate it
Being able to label himself as a misanthrope puts him at ease with his own peculiar tendencies. It makes him feel more comfortable with his status, like the kind of racial labels that assure people of their status in society.
Comparing himself to others assures himself of his self-worth, and being able to name his own demons gives him confidence. But comparison always leads to feeling superior or inferior to others, whether it be comparing looks, personality, or skin color.
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