Often Feel Greater Than Others? Be careful, it could be a superiority complex! Come on, get to know the characteristics


Has it ever crossed your mind that you feel superior to others? Or maybe you have a friend who acts like he's the best? This behavior is known as the superiority complex.

Superiority complex is a behavior that shows a person believes that they feel superior to others. They believe that their abilities and achievements exceed those of others. Not infrequently, they often judge more about themselves.

But actually, behind the excessive level of self-confidence, people with superiority complex hide feelings of low self-esteem. So, what are the characteristics of this superiority complex behavior? Come on, see the explanation!

Always Seeking Validation from Others

The self-esteem of a person who has a superiority complex comes from external sources. They will only feel good or worthy if other people have provided validation.

"They overestimate their accomplishments because they can't convince themselves that they are worthy and have accomplished enough in their lives," says Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist and faculty member at Columbia University, as quoted from Bustle.

The validations they receive from other people don't actually last long. As a result, they continue to need validation from others and find it difficult to be happy with themselves.

Difficult to Admit Mistakes

People who act like they are superior to others have a hard time admitting and taking responsibility for their mistakes. This is because they believe they are always right and don't want to listen to other people's opinions.

Even worse, they may get angry and emotional when someone opposes them. They have the illusion that the 'perfect' version of themselves will be liked by others. By admitting mistakes, for them it is tantamount to admitting that they are not perfect.

Offended If You Don't Get Positive Feedback

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When viewed from the characteristics above, it is easy to guess that people with superiority complex behavior do not like to be criticized. In fact, they don't want to take any advice unless it's positive. They will even consider neutral suggestions as criticism, you know!

"Often individuals with superiority complexes do not get validation from their parents that they are worthy individuals. They are only given attention when they are better than others, or when they are the best," says psychotherapist Kimberly Perlin, LCSW-C.

So when they grow up, they will unconsciously do the same thing to other people. So they only know positive feedback and find it difficult to accept criticism.

Tend to Make Everything About Them

You could say, someone who has a superiority complex is a person who is self-centered, aka as if the world is centered on them. Not infrequently, they oppose other people's opinions by assuming that only they have the most correct answer.

They may even belittle other people's achievements by boasting about their own achievements. For example, at work, when a coworker makes a good presentation, a person with a superiority complex might say, "It was a great presentation, but I think my presentation was better because people paid more attention to mine."

Having a superiority complex does not mean that someone is a bad person. This behavior arises from the emotional pain that has been felt.

For some people, this behavior can be overcome by doing therapy. They just need to be willing to introspect and make positive internal changes.

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