Inferiority Complex

When someone suffers from an inferiority complex, it affects their personal and professional lives in many ways. It affects the way we see ourselves so it directly affects our levels of productivity and happiness. Let’s talk about what it is and its symptoms to get a more clear picture of what it is.

What is an inferiority complex?

An inferiority complex is feeling like you lack something and feel insecure about your abilities and skills as a person. You end up comparing yourself to people who are better than you and end up feeling like a failure because of that. It is habitually subconscious, and is thought to drive afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting in destructive behaviors. It might affect your relationships with others.


  • Blaming the universe

They are never able to accept that the failure may have occurred due to a mistake on their part. They think that the whole universe is responsible for their misery and their failure.

  • Extreme sensitivity

People who have an inferiority complex respond with extreme sensitivity to compliments and criticism. If it is a compliment, they question its realness, and if it is criticism, they go on the defense at once.

  • Seeking Attention

Those suffering from an inferiority complex are most likely to be exhibiting attention-seeking behavior around others. They also tend to resort to other attention-seeking tactics such as aggression, pretending to be ill, appearing depressed, and the like.

  • Fear of make mistakes

Such people also fear attempting something new, just because they have a deep fear of making mistakes and being warned for them. Though these seem like obvious signs, some of them are not always very obvious.

  • Social withdrawal

Those who endure from an inferiority complex may be socially withdrawn. They may not consider themselves as valuable of being with others, whom they recognize as better individuals in every aspect.

  • Demeaning others

Those with an inferiority complex feel the stable need to prove themselves better than others to enhance their self-esteem. When they fail, they tend to put down others’ efforts so that they can feel better about themselves.

Overcoming an inferiority complex

  • Instead of comparing yourself to other people, compare your actions to your dreams.
  • Find the root cause of the problem and let go of the past.
  • Be specific: Who do you feel inferior to, in what way and in which situations?
  • Accept yourself as you are with the help of mindfulness practice.
  • Replace your unhelpful thoughts with constructive ones.
  • Get grounded in your own values, not other people.
  • Let go of perfectionism.

The truth about you is this:
You are not “inferior.”
You are not “superior.”
You are simply “You.”

This was a summary of an inferiority complex one should be aware of. If you have found this instructive and helpful, please share it on your preferred social media sites and help others on their path to inner peace and social confidence!


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