The ever-insightful School of Life offers an animation explanation of the concept of snobbery, stating that it comes from a place of insecurity and offers what can be done to effectively address snobbish behavior without disrupting one’s own sense of well-being.
At the root of snobbery is a lack of imagination and confidence about how to decide who in the world is valuable. The snob isn’t wrong in their background sense that there are better and worse sorts of people around. They are just brutally misguided and slavish in their beliefs about how the superior individuals can identified. …our ultimate duty remains to be kind, good, curious and imaginative about pretty much everyone who ever crosses our path – and that includes ourselves.