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Superiority Complex. Options
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 11:49:00 AM

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Hello Teachers,

Please enlighten me about superiority complex. Bad or Good? Thanks

I am a layman.
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 1:59:02 PM

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TMe wrote:
Hello Teachers,

Please enlighten me about superiority complex. Bad or Good? Thanks

This is just my opinion, as someone who has always been fascinated by, and has studied, psychology all my life.

One has to be careful about describing someone as have a superiority complex because often the person is simply someone who has developed successful methods of dealing with life’s problems, and has developed a high sense of self-esteem and confidence.

Whether the true trait of superiority complex is good or bad would depend on the actions and results of the behavior of the individual. If in their sense of superiority they motivate others to behave in ways that are seen as positive, then it might be judged as a good trait (this would be exceedingly rare). If, however, they need to tear others down in order to feel good about themselves that would likely be judged as a bad trait, and this is the most common expression.

And very often what appears as a superiority complex is in actual fact, just such a sense of inferiority. The air of superiority is a cover for their desire to avoid facing their own inadequacies or the criticism of others. In this case, the rejection by others results in a rejection of self which must be compensated for by projecting an air of superiority.

So ultimately, there has to be a true evaluation of the trait and not simply a criticism of confidence by an individual who suffers from a sense of inferiority. The test is whether the person judged as having a superiority complex is someone who has actually accomplished a great deal through force of will and confidence, or someone who merely says they are wonderful, or seeks to tear down others.

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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:00:19 AM

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FD is right that whether the trait is good or bad depends on the results of the person's actions.

I do believe though that true self confidence and self esteem will not lead to a superiority complex. If a person has self esteem and self confidence they will not need to compare themselves to others, which means they will not need to feel superior to others. It is usually a lack of self esteem and confidence that will result in a person constantly comparing themselves to others and the insecurity from that leads to actions that might be labeled as a superiority complex.

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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:35:30 PM
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In an ideal world, the topic of superiority complex
should be dealt with in a layman school on the first day.
Displaying to all and sundry that one is an overling
among underlings in a certain community is meaningless
to the rest of the world and simply laughable.
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2018 2:42:34 PM

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Answer to this question might have been two-folded, in addition to answers given above, to wit:

'superiority complex' may be understood as something what is really good.

superiority noun
1. The quality of being exceptionally good of its kind:
complex noun
1. A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts: a complex of cities and suburbs;

This may and should be applicable especially in the example of a project currently developed by the government of Singapore (no comma neededDrool ) named Virtual Singapore.

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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 12:22:35 PM

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According to Alfred Adler, an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology,

"The superiority complex is one of the ways that a person with an inferiority complex may use as a method of escape from his difficulties. He assumes that he is superior when he is not, and this false success compensates him for the state of inferiority which he cannot bear. The normal person does not have a superiority complex, he does not even have a sense of superiority. He has the striving to be superior in the sense that we all have ambition to be successful; but so long as this striving is expressed in work it does not lead to false valuations, which are at the root of mental disease."

"If a person is a show-off, it is only because he feels inferior because he does not feel strong enough to compete with others on the useful side of life. That is why he stays on the useless side. He is not in harmony with society. It seems to be a trait of human nature that when individuals – both children and adults – feel weak, they want to solve the problems of life in such a way as to obtain personal superiority without any admixture of social interest. A superiority complex is a second phase. It is a compensation for the inferiority [feeling] complex."

Source: Internet

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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 8:11:50 PM

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A complex would always be dangerous - bad.
It is defined as being below the level of consciousness and affects the person's actions without him/her knowing it.
This could lead people to do something which is damaging to their survival.

So people who think they are superior in some way - fine!
Many people are superior in one way or another to most others.

Some may feel they are superior, but have nothing in which they are better than others.
That is illogical and mistaken thought, but not necessarily a superiority complex.

Of course, there are a few who just know they are absolutely superior to everyone else, in every way.
We, of course, wouldn't like to brag or anything . . . Whistle

I agree with the earlier answers, generally. Having superior methods of handling life would not make a superiority complex, and could possibly make it less likely that one would develop (as the feeling of inferiority and superiority can be 'mashed together' in the complex).

I would say that one of the more obviously visible signs of the real complex would be the obsession to make nothing of others.

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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018 9:01:24 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
...the obsession to make nothing of others.

Beautifully put.

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