inferiority complex


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inferiority complex

n.
A persistent sense of inadequacy or a tendency to self-diminishment, sometimes resulting in excessive aggressiveness through overcompensation.

inferiority complex

n
(Psychiatry) psychiatry a disorder arising from the conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated, characterized by aggressiveness or withdrawal into oneself

inferior′ity com`plex


n.
1. an intense feeling of inferiority, producing a personality characterized either by extreme reticence or, as a result of overcompensation, by extreme aggressiveness.
2. lack of self-esteem or self-confidence.
[1920–25]

inferiority complex

Unconscious feelings of insignificance and insecurity hidden by excessively aggressive or other compensatory behavior.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inferiority complex - a sense of personal inferiority arising from conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated
complex - (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
Translations
kisebbrendûségi érzés

inferiority complex

inferiority complex

ncomplesso di inferiorità

in·fer·i·or·i·ty com·plex

n. complejo de inferioridad.
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If you have an inferiority complex because of the doctors, the best thing we can do for you is to treat your inferiority complex but we'll not massage your ego.'
He then belittled detractors who suggested Lim had aimed to divide the Malays by forming yet another Malay-based party as having 'inferiority complex'.
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He, therefore, advised the candidates to learn hard to ensure good grades and success, devoid of inferiority complex against the mentality that candidates in the cities and urban areas have better and quality education than those in the rural areas.
Citing on increasing level of frustration among the people, increasing trend of youths leaving the country, existing inferiority complex among the people, he has said that these are the examples that the nation is becoming weak day by day.
Responding to a question that why today's students have less interest in understanding Urdu literature, Mumtaz said it was the inferiority complex of parents that they did not encourage their children to speak Urdu and the other issue was that they have two to four school of thoughts with different syllabus and different levels of institutions including government as well as private institutions.
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Many moons ago, my son and I had an interesting evening, when we talked about two concerns at school: coping with inferiority complex and lack of self-confidence.