Inferiority definition

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Inferiority definition

When trying to define inferiority many people confuse it with inferiority complex.
Inferiority complex is a psychological disorder that a person develops which makes him think that he is worthless or of no use.

Inferiority feelings on the other hand are the feelings normal human beings get when they find themselves surrounded by people who are more capable than them.

For example its quite common for a child to feel inferior as a result of being surrounded by stronger and more capable adults. Now if that child learned from those adults and developed his own life skills then his inferiority feelings will disappear.

Thus we can define inferiority as the feelings you get when you find yourself with people who are more capable than you.

Another definition of inferiority

The fact that most people don't get is that its quite OK to feel inferior as long as these feelings motivate you to do something useful. In fact any person who achieved anything in life did it because he felt inferior in a way or another.

Some people became very rich because they felt inferior and insecure as a result of having no money. Some people became athletes or champions because they felt inferior as a result of being physically weak.

So inferiority is not a bad thing, in fact its a very powerful emotion that can motivate someone to improve himself.

This can lead us to another definition of inferiority which is: a feeling that someone gets that motivates him to strive for the things he lacks.

When does inferiority turn into an inferiority complex

When the person starts to think that he is worthless because of being himself then an inferiority complex is said to be developed.

In the Solid Self confidence program i said that its OK to feel inferior as long as you understand that this inferiority is temporary because of lacking certain resources but if you thought that you are inferior because of being yourself then you have developed an inferiority complex.

For example if someone thinks that he is inferior because he is black then this shows that the person has developed an inferiority complex.

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