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Article Home Mental and Behavioural Disorders Inferiority Complex

Inferiority Complex

Inferiority complex or extremely low self esteem, is a concept we are all familiar with. Chances are you or someone you know suffers from this complex. Those with low self esteem are more likely to be depressed, irritable, or aggressive. They may also be more likely to have feelings of resentment, alienation, and unhappiness

Signs that you may have an inferiority complex? 

  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Hypercritical Attitude
  • Tendency toward Blaming
  • Feelings of Persecution
  • Negative Feelings about Competition
  • Tendency toward Seclusiveness and Timidity


Prevent Inferiority complex

  • A family (especially parents) support system and motivation play a vital role in overcoming the feeling of inferiority complex and building high level of confidence and self esteem
  • Do not compare your child with anyone. Parental pressure that their child should be best in everything is so immense that they fail to understand that children are also humans
  • Don't criticize your child constantly. Appreciate him even for his small achievements like it has managed to complete his homework on time or if he has successfully finished some household chores
  • Help your child to set goals which are realistic and achievable. Teach them success and failures are part and parcel of the process
  • Encourage your child in any activity he likes. If he likes music, sports, etc
  • Be friendly and gentle. Don't scold him in front of his friends