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How To Overcome Inferiority Complex – Through Self-Examination

You may think it’s too difficult or even impossible to overcome inferiority complex, especially with the pattern of thinking that’s probably taking place inside your head right now. However, through self-examination, you will be able to see exactly what is hindering you from making it possible.

Now, I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but it can be done. What you need to do is get rid of negative habits and false beliefs you have built up overtime which resulted to your feelings of inferiority.

What are these “negative habits and beliefs”?

These include:

  1. Determining One’s Value Based on a Single or Few Negative Past Experiences: Just because one person told you that you’re ugly, stupid, or a weakling doesn’t mean you are. Your worth isn’t defined by what irresponsible and careless people say about you. Sure, you may act stupid or get weak at times, but so do other people, I know I do.

    If everyone was to be defined by a single or few negative experiences then all people in this world are stupid, ugly, weak, and all other negatives you can think of. Would that be logical? Not in the slightest! Keep thinking about this logic every time you feel inferior until it develops into a pattern of thinking. Although our subconscious mind cannot identify logic, repetition of thought does.

  2. Negative Self-Talk: This is using negative words or phrases when referring to yourself.  Some examples of negative self-talk are “I’m so stupid”, “I’m nothing compared to her”, “I can’t do it”, or “People won’t like me”. Watch out every time you start talking this way to yourself and make a conscious effort to stop it. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an effective method to help you control your thoughts and avoid negative self-talk. By avoiding negative self-talk, you will weaken your irrational beliefs about yourself until they are gone.

  3. Using Self-Sabotaging Labels: These are actually titles or labels you identify yourself with like “fat”, “ugly”, “insecure”, “loner”, “shy” or “inadequate”. How you label yourself actually reveals your perception of yourself. Remember, people can pick up how you view yourself when they see or talk to you. And the sad thing is they’re likely to believe you when you say you are. Whether you have adopted such negative label from a past insult you received or you gave yourself that label, take note that they do nothing but limit you. If you want others to think you’re smart, confident, beautiful, or competent, think only about those thoughts and label yourself as such until you live to be such.

  4. Having a Corrupted Self-Image: Sometimes, you feel inferior because you have polluted thoughts about yourself that you are often unaware of. While passing a crowd or walking down a street, what comes to your mind about what people think of you? This will reflect whether or not you have a corrupted image of yourself. If you want to overcome inferiority complex, you must work on fixing your self-image first. This is because your self-image is rooted within you and it may take time to change it. You must be able to convince yourself first that you aren’t that negative self-image you have. And the best way to do this is by challenging it.