What Are the Symptoms of Inferiority Complex

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
What Are the Symptoms of Inferiority Complex

Inferiority complexes are more common than we think. Feeling inferior is an emotion that many people feel over their lives, but the problem is serious when this feeling is constant and hinders the natural development of your life. Its root is in childhood, but is manifested more strongly in adulthood and becomes a major obstacle to a healthy and happy life. In this article we tell you what the symptoms of inferiority complex are.

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In general, as people grow up, they learn to accept their limitations whatever these may be (physical, cultural, family related, economic, etc.). But people who suffer from inferiority complex often develop a set of defence mechanisms to avoid breaking down whenever they feel inferior. These mechanisms are clear and obvious symptoms that a person suffers this problem.


Among the most frequent symptoms of people suffering from inferiority complex is that they are often socially marginalized. As they believe themselves to be inferior they retract socially and stop interacting with the environment in a healthy manner. Their self-esteem is so damaged that they can not stand dealing with others. They often feel the constant need to test themselves so to improve their self-esteem. And when they do this they downplay the efforts of others, leading often to a feeling of contempt by those around.

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They have a tendency to blame others, they think they have bad luck, that someone is trying to limit them; in other words, they will blame every and anything but themselves. The world becomes their worst enemy and they are not aware that the problem lies within them. When a person in their entourage does something well they are unable to recognize their merit and their worth, and will attribute their success to luck or the possibility that someone has helped them. Recognizing that someone does something well of their own accord is impossible for them.

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They do not like to participate in competitions that test skills through comparison to others, and if they do their attitude will be defeatist and pessimistic about themselves and others. They feel a sense of extreme disappointment. They are very sensitive regarding any type of comment, be it a compliment or a criticism. If you say something positive they will not believe it and if you criticize them they will become defensive.

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They are always looking for attention. Many times they do things in search of praise which they will later not accept or simply will not believe. Other times they will try to capture attention by pretending to be sick, depressed or sad. They are afraid to make constant mistakes. They are also afraid of trying new things just because they dread making mistakes and being reprimanded or criticized.


If you believe you suffer from inferiority complex it is best to seek psychological help and put yourself in the hands of a professional. For further details, see the article how to overcome my inferiority complex.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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