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What is an Inferiority Complex?
Alfred Alder's book, The Neurotic Character, founded the area of psychology known as the inferiority complex. The term is used to describe a sense of inferiority an individual feels about oneself towards other people. It revolves around social status, power, ego, and dominance. An individual who has an inferiority complex when he/she feels inferior and thinks that other people are better than they are.
An inferiority complex usually stems from experiencing real, imagined, or conditioned feelings of inferiority. In most cases, there is a combination of imagination and subtle conditioning. The inferior feelings occurs when an situation makes them feel lesser than others (conditioning aspect) and their creative imagination (imagination aspect) distorts their reaction and understanding of the situation beyond what is reasonable to another person. The severity of such instances cause sufferers to seek professional help.
Acquiring an Inferiority Complex
We are not born feeling inferior so how do we acquire feelings of inadequacy? Our culture and life experiences teach us that we are inferior. There are cultures that highly value, even worship success, money, and beauty. The constant emphasis imprints the young minds of children on a daily basis causing the people who reside in that society to constantly compare themselves to other people. Any individuals who are different are made to feel inferior.
Societies tend to discourage us from striving to achieve what they describe as "lofty Goals", We are constantly exposed to concepts of inferiority, superiority, inadequacy, and perfectionism.
Most individuals will eventually start to realize there are differences between members of his/her peer group. It is an important realization that we are not born equally. Some child enter this world with physical injuries, deformities, and illnesses. In addition, not every birth mother and father will have the economic resources to deal with these issues. However, each individual can make the most of their strengths and weaknesses. if the reject the premise that weaknesses represent that they are inferior or inadequate.The child's standing in his/her family group greatly influences a child's self image and their feelings of superiority or inferiority to others. These young school children begin to separate into various peer groups starting in kindergarten. In each grade thereafter school mates begin to make individuals feel welcome or rebuffed as different by their respective peer groups. This forms the individual's identity as represented by their social status or "pecking order".
How to Overcome an Inferiority Complex
Inferiority is a persistent disorder that must be dealt with in order to become a confident person who knows that he/she is valuable and worthy of respect within the family, school, church, and/or athletic social strata.
The following guidelines
should be of some help
overcome an inferiority complex:
Feelings of inferiority tend to discourage risk taking. In turn this can limit your success potential. Thinking you are inadequate tends to become self fulfilling if you never undertake projects because you think that its useless to make such an effort as you will surely fail.
Inferiority Complex and the Self-image May 11, 2007 An inferiority complex can arise when you experience an imagined or conditioned feeling of inferiority.References:
Inferiority complex An inferiority complex, in the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, is a feeling that one is inferior to others in some way. It is often unconscious, and is thought to drive afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting either in spectacular achievement or extreme antisocial behavior.
Social Approval and Inferiority Complex and Power Two basic needs that each person has: the need to seek social approval and the need to overcome a sense of inferiority.
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