We all have a general feeling of positivity or negativity within ourselves. Many of us are quite positive about general events that take place in our lives while some of us do not feel the same way about similar situations. Similarly, many of us feel that we are better than others in certain aspects though it may not necessarily be completely true. On the other hand, some of us sometimes feel inferior to others, resulting in what is known as an inferiority complex.
Everyone feels down about themselves from time to time, especially if you feel like others are doing better in life than you are. It’s common to feel that way. But if this is a constant feeling and you’re acting out in ways that are harmful to you or others, experts say, you may have an inferiority complex.
So here are some signs you may have an inferiority complex, according to Team Inspiring Life.
5 signs of inferiority complex
1. Blaming others
Individuals with an inferiority complex tend to look for causes of their problems in external factors, such as poverty, a bad company, or simply the environment.
Everybody is to blame except myself!
People with an inferiority complex are not able to admit that failure can be caused by their own mistakes. It is easier for them to blame the universe!
If you have noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above in your friends, ask them to read this article. This information may help them test themselves for an inferiority complex. If somebody has most of the symptoms described above, it’s time to make an appointment with a psychotherapist.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said that nobody is able to make you feel incomplete without your own consent! Keep this in mind and find your right place in the world!
2. Fault findings in others.
When you have an inferiority complex, you may have a habit of finding faults in other people. For instance, you may have a friend who you feel is more successful than you. If you have feelings of inferiority, you might tell yourself that their career path isn’t as great as they make it out to be rather than feeling happy for them. According to some research, some may even take it a step further and will bully others or constantly put them down.
3. Sensitive to criticism.
People with an inferiority complex are highly sensitive to what others think and often take offense even when no offense is intended. Any kind of critique or criticism will stay with you for a long time. You don’t respond kindly to teasing or jokes made at your expense. If you ever feel disrespected, you may act out with aggression in order intimidate others and decrease your feelings of being “attacked.”
4. Being Perfectionist.
An inferiority complex usually manifests in two opposite ways. Some may overcompensate to make up for whatever it is that’s making them feel less than. An individual may attempt perfection and achievement in everything they do. Sometimes they can be cocky in their presentation, almost to the point where you find yourself questioning how real it can be.
5. Isolate yourself from the society.
People with an inferiority complex often voluntarily withdraw from society. They feel they are not good enough to be with others who always seem better than themselves.
If you suddenly notice you’ve started to lead a closed life, think about why you don’t feel like going out.
Maybe you want to avoid listening to people’s opinions about yourself, or you just know you are not good enough. Or, maybe you prefer to stay at home so that others will not know the truth about you? Avoiding social interaction may be a sign that something is wrong with your self-esteem.