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A persistent sense of inadequacy or a tendency to self-diminishment, sometimes resulting in excessive aggressiveness through overcompensation.
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(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
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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.
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Unconscious feelings of insignificance and insecurity hidden by excessively aggressive or other compensatory behavior.
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|Noun||1.||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
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n → Minderwertigkeitskomplex m
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inferiority complexn → complesso di inferiorità
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n. complejo de inferioridad.
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