Meet Inferiority Complex

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Feeling inferior from time to time is human nature, the key is how you respond to it. When such feelings of inferiority seem to take over your life and consistently hold you back personally and professionally, you can say I have entered your life.

Hi, I am an inferiority complex, and here’s a day in my host’s life…

Usually, when I am living with someone, I make them:
• Shut down out of shame, guilt, or embarrassment
• Seek attention and validation from others
• Avoid any type of competition where their efforts might be compared to others
• Extremely sensitive to both compliments and criticisms

How am I created?
• I am born as a result of bullying or if you are constantly being reminded of my limitations.
• I am usually a culmination of physical, mental, and emotional abuse
Since my development can lead to mental health disorders such as anxiety, and depression, it is very important to seek help.
• Psychotherapy is a great place to start when you are looking to get rid of me
• Try meditation and journaling, as both can be very helpful in understanding what some of your thought patterns are around your self-image.

In other words, an inferiority complex is an intense personal feeling of inadequacy, often resulting in the belief that one is in some way deficient or inferior to others.

An inferiority complex may cause an individual to overcompensate in several ways.

Some situations in which feelings of inferiority may arise are:
• Parental attitudes and upbringing- disapproving, negative remarks, and evaluation of behavior, emphasizing mistakes and shortcomings of the child.
• Physical defects- such as disproportional facial and body features, weight, height, strength, speech defects, and defective vision cause an inferiority complex.
• Mental limitations- cause feelings of inferiority when unfavorable comparisons are made with the superior achievements of others and when satisfactory performance is expected.
• Social disadvantages and discriminations- family, alleged race, sex, sexual orientation, economic status, or religion

Psychotherapy is highly effective at treating feelings of inferiority because inferiority complexes are often the result of unhealthy thought processes and false beliefs, therapists will often work with people to reframe negative and/or damaging thoughts and beliefs.