This feeling of not being “Up to the mark”, at some point or the other might have been experienced by all of us. We may feel inferior to others for certain reasons at certain times.
According to famous psychologist Alfred Adler, the feeling of inferiority develops due to the innate human tendency of striving for superiority. An example of inferiority is a studentwho feels inferior to other classmates because he/she is not measuring up to them academically.
Now to the question……..
IS THIS NORMAL?
This feeling of inferiority may be absolutely normal but…. to a certain extent. Adler describes it as a healthy motivation when you see someone do better than you and you strive to make yourself better. It helps you learn from them and eventually become their likeness or even better. So, when are we to worry about it?
Yes, Good question.
If this feeling of inferiority de-motivates and paralyzes you, then it is now full-fledged Inferiority Complex Syndrome.
Inferiority complex, as described by psychologists, is a lack of self-worth, a doubt and uncertainty about oneself, and feelings of not measuring up to standards.
A typical individual suffering from Inferiority Complex is self-centered, Incapable of development, insecure, cowardly etcetera. Adler identified inferiority complex as one of the contributing factors to problem child behaviours.
Inferiority Complex brings about a sense of hopelessness, it makes us feel it is impossible to achieve goals or have certain abilities. It is a serious deterrent of high achievements. Is this something we would like for our wards? Definitely not.
The most correlated term with inferiority complex is low self-esteem. And we know that this is one of the most common problems in our society, especially among the teenagers and adolescents alike.
The question now is:
Can this “inferiority complex” thing be curbed? The good news is that, Yes it can. But how?
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