Signs You May Have an Inferiority Complex
There are some telltale signs of an inferiority complex. These are common symptoms often associated to people with an inferiority complex:
- Consistently focusing on upsetting thoughts
- Shutting down out of guilt, shame, embarrassment or sense of defeat
- Withdrawing from coworkers, colleagues or family
- A sense of responsibility for other people’s failures
- Seeking attention and validation by pretending to be sick or depressed
- Avoiding competition where efforts might be compared to others
Unexpected Symptoms of an Inferiority Complex
While timidness and lack of confidence might not be surprising symptoms of an inferiority complex, there are others that can mask this mindset. Not everyone with an inferiority complex will appear down on themselves or lack confidence on the outside. Sometimes, a person with this feeling can also seem overly confident. Some of the signs include:
- High competitiveness
- Very sensitive to criticism or compliments
- Constantly finding fault in others
- Has difficulty with admitting mistakes
- Feeling good when others are doing worse than you
Now that we know what an inferior complex looks like, let’s look at some ways you can fight it off.
Evaluate Your Way of Thinking
People with an inferiority complex tend to have an all-or-nothing way of thinking, so all things are either good or bad. They tend to focus on the negatives, jump to conclusions and confuse feelings or beliefs with facts. Everyday Health says Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help with this.
While a person might feel like a total failure, they could just be experiencing a cognitive distortion. These are thought patterns that negatively impact a person’s self esteem. CBT involves teaching people to take a step back, examine the negative thoughts and feelings, and gradually change them over time by checking their validity — perhaps you’re really just experiencing a cognitive distortion.