Inferiority Complex

Inferiority complex refers to a lack of self-worth that is characterized by a sense of doubt, uncertainty, and a feeling that one does not measure up to standards. There are only a few studies that have explored the concept of inferiority complex. However, the relatively sizable body of research surrounding internalized oppression may inform understanding of inferiority complex, as both concepts are closely related to each other. According to Alfred Adler, one of the psychologists who advanced the concept, inferiority complex is typically characterized by feelings of inadequacy, such as self-consciousness, self-preoccupation, self-criticism, and self-dissatisfaction. These feelings are often subconscious and can manifest from beliefs that, in comparison with others, one does not possess something that is valuable or desirable. Individuals typically respond to feelings ...

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