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Inferiority Complex and 4 Best Ways to Gain Confidence

An inferiority complex is a system of ideas we have about ourselves in which we constantly place less importance on ourselves than on others. It is a result of a combination of poor self-worth, uncertainty, and doubt, as well as emotions of not measuring up to expectations. We contrast ourselves with others, whether consciously or unintentionally.

When we feel inferior, we constantly compare ourselves to others and come up short in the process. We frequently exaggerate our weaknesses and undervalue our talents. This point of view results in persistent emotions such as misery, despair, rage, resentment, anxiety, jealousy, agony, and a sense of guilt over these emotions.

Causes of Inferiority Complex

People have an inferiority complex for different reasons. Some of them might be:

  1. Low self-worth, low self-esteem, and a history of depressive symptoms
  1. The pressure to be flawless
  1. Someone prone to attention- and approval-seeking activities may be more vulnerable.
  2. Wrong parental upbringing and measures, parents being unkind, harsh, or using over strict measures.
  1. Negative social encounters, media exposure to negative messaging, and bullying.
  1. Poor socioeconomic status.
  1. Failure or discouragement. The inability to meet up with your goals, despite the perfect plans already laid down.

Signs of Inferiority Complex

These are some of the signs of inferiority complex to watch out for, whether in yourself, a friend, or a colleague :

  1. Low self-efficacy and motivation, ineffective self-directed learning techniques, and a sense of unease or anxiety.
  1. Criticism is always hurtful and unacceptable. Even helpful criticism might bring a  feeling of being assaulted and exacerbate emotions of guilt or shame.
  1. Unending anxiety and a great reluctance to put faith in or trust people, and a morbid fear of being rejected.
  1. Disapproval is envisioned first. Regardless of what others may say to the contrary, they will always assume that others perceive them as worthless.
  1. Envy and depression over other people’s successes and positivity.
  1. Feel subservient. Rarely speaking out or making their stance on matters known.
  1. A radical effort to be perfect and excellent. And a complete falling apart and breakdown if anything they do or partake in isn’t flawless.

Also Check Out: Building Your Self Esteem: 5 Simple Ways To Do It

Overcoming Inferiority Complex and Gaining Confidence

1. Try to figure out the source

Inferiority complex could have their roots in your past. A negative childhood experience, a traumatic encounter, or a string of insults from different people over the years might be to blame. Think back on your past. Consider any events that could have contributed to the inferiority complex.  You must investigate the root cause of your inferiority complex and locate the source of your issue by tackling them. This is because once you have a better understanding of your emotions, you may take the required actions to get over them.

2.  Stop Bothering about what other people’s opinions about you are

The main source of these complexes is worrying excessively about what other people think of you. This will occasionally be about things that others have said to you, while other times it will be entirely about what you assume they are thinking. We have issues with ourselves depending on whether or not others think we are good enough. This is the fastest way to depression and develops an inferior mentality. The truth remains that the only thing that matters, in the end, is how you view yourself. Studies have shown that when we feel good about ourselves, other people tend to feel the same way.

3.  Build your Self-Confidence

Make a list of your top 10 strengths and place it at a place where you’ll see it every day. Be sure to include items from many areas of your life. We are made up of a variety of components. You will feel more secure and confident, and you will solidify ingrained notions that you are important and deserving of attention.

4.  Avoid Toxic People

Get rid of negative individuals from your life and the bad energy so that you may surround yourself with good things. Develop relationships where there is mutual listening, kindness, and accountability. Locate those that are eager to assist you in becoming the finest version of yourself.

Final Thought

I want you to know that you are beautiful or handsome and you are enough just the way you are. Make sure to put all tips in practice and you will be happy you did.

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