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Inferiority Complex


INFERIORITY COMPLEX, a psychoanalytical term, sig nifying a complex, or pattern of emotionally toned ideas concern ing what the subject feels to be his own inferiority. The in feriority may actually exist, or it may be imaginary. The emo tions attaching to the ideas of inferiority are supposed to cause the subject to attempt to compensate for his inferiority in vari ous unnecessary ways, such as causeless pugnacity, unprovoked attacks on or anti-social behaviour. The general concept is widely used but with little exactitude of definition, different writers referring to widely different types of feeling and be haviour under this term.


A. Adler, The Practice and Theory of Individual Psychology.