redirection Counselling for Inferiority complex | Inferiority Complex Treatment – BetterLYF

At times, it is natural for us to lack self-worth, doubt our abilities, and feel inferior in comparison to others. It can sometimes be a blessing in disguise to feel inferior because in a way it can help to move forward in life. The striving for superiority causes inferiority as well as helps in overcoming it. It is alright if there is some control over the feeling of inferiority and it occurs within a certain limit. When the feeling of inferiority occurs too often and becomes persistent, then it may lead the person to develop an inferiority complex.

What is Inferiority complex?

An inferiority complex makes an individual feel worthless and instills a sense of inadequacy. The person begins to feel that he/she lacks certain qualities and is beneath others concerning those qualities. Due to an inferiority complex, the normal feelings of incompetence get exaggerated, and the individual feels that it is impossible to achieve goals and/or have certain accomplishments. If the inferiority complex becomes too overwhelming and lasts for a longer period, there is a possibility that it may engulf the person and start impacting their work life and relationships. To counteract the feelings of inferiority, some individuals may put on a mask of superiority.

To overcome an inferiority complex, one must develop a level of self-awareness. It enables the person to know himself/herself in a much better way. Recognizing one's strengths and weaknesses and working accordingly helps us overcome these feelings and achieve what we aim for.

  • Comparison

    It's human nature to compare yourself to those around you. That being said, there are healthy and unhealthy ways through which it may impact us. Comparison can help if it inspires us to become a better version of ourselves and invest in our personal growth and development. It can lead to our downfall if we constantly focus on our flaws and magnify others' strengths.

  • High sensitivity to criticism

    People with an inferiority complex are highly sensitive to what others think and often take offense at harmless comments or non-verbal cues. Any kind of critique will stay with them for a long time. They are quick to assume that others are perceiving them in a negative light.

  • Always judging and finding faults in others

    People who criticize others have the highest criticism reserved for themselves. When you have an inferiority complex, you may have a habit of finding faults in other people. For instance, you may have a friend who you feel is more successful than you. If you have feelings of inferiority, you might tell yourself that their career path isn't as great as they make it out to be rather than feel happy for them.

  • Overcompensation

    One of the most famous defense mechanisms people use to hide their inferiority feelings is to act superior. Not only will those people act as if they are superior to others, but they will also devalue anybody who doesn't treat them as if they were superior. It is a form of self-protection for their vulnerable, fragile ego.

  • Excessive anxiety

    Without being aware, the subconscious mind of the person becomes anxious whenever he or she encounters social situations. By doing so the subconscious mind makes sure that the person will avoid those who make them feel inferior. So, fear of public speaking, fear of approaching the opposite sex and stage fright are some of the common manifestations of inferiority complex.

  • Quick to give up

    People that give up quickly over the smallest infractions are typically those with inferiority complexes. They want to be the ones to leave for "ego's sake" and usually expect negative results with anyone they meet. For instance, if a date cancels for a good reason, they refuse to set up another date assuming they're probably not attractive enough.

Structure of the Sessions

At times, it is natural for us to doubt our abilities and feel inferior in comparison to others. The striving for superiority causes inferiority as well as helps in overcoming it. When the feeling of inferiority occurs too often and becomes persistent, then it may lead the person to develop an inferiority complex.

    Signs and symptoms of Inferiority Complex

    The following are some of the most typical symptoms of this sort of mental health condition:

  • Low self-esteem and insecurity
  • Inability to achieve your goals or a sense of being “stuck”
  • Wishing to give up quickly
  • Taking the worst-case scenario
  • Feeling compelled to retreat from social settings
  • Frequently feeling bad about oneself
  • Suffering from anxiety and depression
  • Being open to criticism
  • Taking praises lightly
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, and coworkers, particularly in social circumstances
  • Attempting to make others feel uneasy to compensate for feelings of inadequacy
  • The unwillingness to compete in competitive events for fear of being judged by others

How to Deal with Inferiority Complex

  • Improve Your Self-Confidence.

    Make a list of ten things you admire about yourself and stick it somewhere you'll see it every day. Include items from all aspects of your life. Several factors contribute to our uniqueness. You will feel more secure and self-worth, and you will reinforce subconscious notions that you are worthwhile and worth caring for.

  • Constructive self-talk.

    The phrase "self-talk" refers to how you say to yourself in your head; this internal voice has a significant influence on how you perceive yourself and your behavior. Don't think of yourself as dumb, unattractive, unsuccessful, or a failure. What you need to do is identify and eradicate negative self-talk.

  • Determine who you are inferior to in the first place

    In most cases, persons with an inferiority complex are physically handsome, wealthy, intelligent, or have remarkable, exciting occupations and big social networks. These folks might be friends, family, or celebrities. Next, for each of these people, locate at least one thing you have that they don't. Something will happen!

  • Look for the source of your emotions.

    Your inferiority complexes might stem from anything in your history. It might be a catastrophic occurrence, a horrible childhood experience, or a mixture of others putting you down over time. Consider your past. Try to recall any incidents that may have contributed to your inferiority mentality.

  • Face your greatest fears.

    Any remarks you receive from others are invalid and must be disregarded at all costs. When we perceive other people through the lens of love rather than fear, we lose our inferiority complex quickly.

  • Control your thoughts.

    Self-help books, instructional podcasts, and inspiring blog entries may be a great source of motivation and can help you overcome your inferiority complex.

  • ​Assertiveness Training

    People who have inferiority complexes may appear shy at times because they believe their contribution is insignificant. Don't be hesitant to express your ideas or worries at work, and don't be reluctant to express your emotions at home. Be confident.

What can you expect from counseling sessions?

  • A therapist can bring more self-awareness and acceptance.
  • Help in making the individual recognize one's strengths and weaknesses and work accordingly to empower the individual in overcoming the feelings and achieve their goals.
  • A therapist can collaboratively work on healing old emotional wounds the individual may have experienced as a child which is deteriorating their self-confidence.

Counseling Structure

The number of sessions required in each stage of the therapy is subjective to the client and their needs. The counseling structure is divided into stages that may overlap, whereas some sessions may go back and forth depending on the triggers and intensity of the concern and healing time. The aim of the therapy is always to empower individuals and equip them with tools to handle and manage any future challenges. There is no fixed course of therapy, each person has their own pace of healing and learning in the process of therapy. However, a general approach of counseling in dealing with the inferiority complex is as given below.

Rapport formation

In the first counseling session, the counselor will provide a safe and non-judgmental space to share personal experiences. The counselor will undertake the essential details about you and a therapeutic relationship will be established.

Exploring the concern

The counselor will explore the concern by asking and understanding the root cause of the challenges including childhood experiences, negative incidents, exposure to belittling, demeaning behavior by others which might be leading to current beliefs about self.

Work on Overcoming Inferiority Complex

The counselor helps the client to challenge the inner critic by using a blend of techniques and let the individual change his or her negative perceptions towards their own self. Compassionate, positive self-talk is developed in this stage.


The follow-ups are required to see how the individual is doing post-therapy. It allows us to keep a tab on the progress and prevent relapse in any difficult situation.

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