Inferiority Complex

Inferiority Complex


Here’s a typical scenario of someone who feels inferiority complex:
Emmi walks into a studio for her audition to find a few top-ranking filmmakers and celebrities. She scans the studio and sees that most people are dressed in expensive suits and casually interacting with each other. As she enters the room, she can’t help but feel ‘different’ from the others.

Inferiority Complex, ActingShe feels that the people in the studio are a class above her. Maybe it is because of their expensive clothes as against her simple top and skirt that makes her feel ‘below standard.’ Or maybe she feels nervous because she is not familiar with the studio folk and she feels interacting with them could get difficult, especially because she is a ‘nobody’ compared to the established film personalities. Don’t you think this is how a person suffering from an inferiority complex feels?

Inferiority complex is a psychological issue, and dominates the psychical life of an individual. It is marked by the feeling of imperfection and lack of achievement in accomplishing personal goals. Feelings of inferiority are commonly seen when people are having an extremely difficult or rough phase in their life. However, if such feelings surface under any and every circumstance or and on a regular basis, it is not a healthy sign.

In other words, inferiority complex refers to a sense of inferiority that some people feel when they compare themselves with others. There could be various reasons why people feel inferior to others; it could revolve around social status, financial status, physical appearance, power, etc. An inferiority complex can prevent you from functioning to the best of your ability. People with an inferiority complex slide by major life issues and narrow their vital space excessively by isolating themselves. After a while, it becomes their general tendency to avoid crowds and people altogether because they lack self-esteem and belief in their own abilities. Typically, inferiority complex can cause and be identified by the following symptoms:

  • Shyness
  • Negativity
  • Nervousness
  • Lack of communication

Needless to say, these behaviors stem from the prolonged lack of social contact and bottling up of the self. Interestingly, there is no precise borderline between inferiority and superiority complex. It is said that they are like two sides of the same coin. Wherever there is an inferiority complex, there is an associated superiority complex too, and vice-versa. So, some emotional manifestations of an inferiority complex evolving towards a superiority complex are:

  • Anger
  • Revenge drive
  • Sorrow
  • Unjustified enthusiasm in particular situations
  • Inability to listen
  • Incapacity to look into or hold eye contact when communicating
  • Tendency to turn the topic of conversation towards his/her own life

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