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5 signs you may have a Superiority complex

You may not understand it, but how you see yourself can affect the way you treat other people

When a person behaves superior to another, the underlying feeling of the person behaving superiorly is that the other is a threat to him/her. In some way, they consider others will find out that they really are 'inadequate' and therefore behave in a manner that makes them feel like they are 'better' than the rest. This trait can develop between the ages of five and 12. At this stage of development, a child tries to seek acceptance and validation.

We live in a world where there is continuous competition. Often it leads to frustration, depression, and anger. This leaves us into a frenzied state to conform, excel, and represent ourselves based on the image that society has asked of us. Characteristics of a person with a superiority complex:

They seek validation often: For such people, their sense of self-worth will come from outside sources. They only feel good or worthy enough if others see them as much.

Keep comparing with others: As their sense of self-worth is based on other people, someone with a superiority complex has a habit of comparing themselves to those around them.

They are self-centered: They may even undervalue the accomplishments of others by one-upping them with their own endeavors.

They lack empathy: To feel the pain and issues of others you need certain level calm and compose in life. These people end being a cold heart.

They face anxiety issues: People with this order often develop anxiety issues from various things. There is a conflict between their true self and the projected image. It is always difficult for them to cope with the two personalities. 

Having a superiority complex doesn't always make someone a bad person and it's possible to overcome these feelings. They just need to be willing to self-reflect and make positive changes within themselves. So, how can you overcome this?

  • Try to identify and embrace at least one strength in everyone you deal with.
  • Each person is different, hence allowing others to figure things out on their own is how they learn and grow. 
  • Before you criticize, craft some questions that can help the person recognize the mistakes on their own. 
  • People around you, remember how you make them feel. If you only make out criticism, you'll be labeled mean and your feedback will be dismissed as negativity.

Normally, one suffering a superiority complex does not need psychiatric help, unless the complex completely takes over their personality. The complex can be passed down through heritage or it can also be the result of interactions at school or social functions. By following the above, you can display emotional intelligence those around you. Once you understand what a superiority complex is, you can equip yourself to conquer it.

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Love your body the way it is

Am I too fat? Am I too short? Shall I try that new fairness cream? These are a few of the questions that haunt the youth of today. But are these even worth spending our time on?
Gousiya Teentalkindia Content Writer

Unfortunately, our culture focuses on physical appearance toxically and on top of that, we are constantly bombarded with beauty-related marketing. In such a situation, maintain a healthy body image can be really hard. You never know when a mere glance in the mirror can turn into an extended mope-session and trick you into feeling awful about yourself. You not only beat yourself up but this could also waste much of your energy and time which otherwise would have been used positively. However, some positive self-talk can help to fight these body image issues and feel more confident.

1. Your body is doing things for you

Remember that our body has many more important things to do other than just looking good. Our body is doing things for us that no one else can. Each and every functional body part is vital and significant in their own function. Your eyes, your arms, legs, mouth, teeth, hair and all are doing something really important to you and which nothing else can. Rather than worrying about whether you’re pretty or not think about how your body is enabling you to lead a healthy life.  Thank your body for doing so.

2. Your body deserves kindness more than anything else

Treating your body with compassion and kindness is more important than making it look beautiful. The more kindly you think of your body, the more you’ll be taking care of it. You cannot guarantee whether people will treat your body with respect or not, but you can always commit to respecting your own body.

3. You’re more than just a mirror

You need to realize that physical appearance does not matter to a great extent. Try taking a break from your social media feeds, stay away from the mirror and remind yourself of your strengths which have nothing to do with the way you look. What you do with your life is the main event, looks are just a sideshow.

4. Make the world a better place

You might feel it is unrelated but one of the best ways to avoid feeling alone and down is t turn our focus to others. Acts of kindness can improve your mood and make you feel good about yourself.

If none of these are coming to your rescue, and you’re still facing body-image issues, feel free to talk to our experts through chat or email us at expert@teentalkindia.com

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