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Getting Over An Inferiority Complex

Updated on March 6, 2013

No one deserves to feel like they're not good enough.

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Word of the day:

Pedestrian - lacking in distinction

Spanish word of the day:

Peor - worse

Fact of the day:

The term "inferiority complex" came from a book written in 1912 by Alfred Adler. The book used the term to describe how people feel inferior in when compared to others.

Quote of the day:

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."

-Henry C. Link

Rant of the day:

I'm going through a few days of feeling sorry for myself. It takes me an hour to get out of bed, and as soon as I managed to drag myself into work I started to feel inferior to everyone around me, particularly the guy sitting next to me. He's one of the top performers at work, better at math than me, is more motivated and knows what he wants to do with his life, and is also generally more outgoing, friendly, personable, genuine, attractive, etc, than I am.

If that isn't the rant of someone with an inferiority complex, I don't know what is. Logically I know that all of that is ridiculous. I'm one of the top performers at work, too. I don't do well at math because I hate it and don't try, and while I should figure out what I want to do with my life, I'm only 22, so I have time. I'm halfway decent looking, well-liked around the office, etc, so there's really no reason for me to feel inferior. But I do.

We all do, sometimes. No matter how beautiful, smart, and loved we are, we feel inferior. If you're like me, and have those days, here are a few things that may help, and help you overcome an inferiority complex.

1. Build your self-confidence. Remind yourself of your positive attributes, and everything you excel at. Everyone is different, so even if you're not as good at math as the guy next to you, you're probably better than him at something else. Remind yourself of those things, and give yourself a pep talk.

2. Accept your imperfections. Being flawed is not bad, we're all flawed in different ways, and it's part of what makes everyone unique and beautiful. Embrace it, and stop looking at everything as a negative.

3. Relax. However you do that, do it. Today I made a cup of tea and read a book. Just do whatever it is you have to do to de-stress and take your mind off whatever is making you feel inferior. Because you're not really inferior, you just think you are, so stop thinking.

As I sit here drinking my tea and reading (yes I'm at work, yes I know I'm a slacker) I'm getting over my temporary inferiority complex. I hope you get over yours, too. No one deserves to feel like they're not good enough, for any reason.


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