inferiority complex


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inferiority complex

Psychiatry a disorder arising from the conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated, characterized by aggressiveness or withdrawal into oneself

inferiority complex

[in‚fir·ē′är·əd·ē ′käm‚pleks]
(psychology)
Repressed unconsious fears and feelings of physical or social inadequacy or both, which may result in excessive anxiety, inability to function, or actual failure.
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Their psychological inferiority complex towards the Greeks made them turn to the Greek bonds.
16:16 Pooja Vishwanathan: Often people are jealous because they suffer from an inferiority complex.
At IIT- Delhi, Suresh, the son of a brick- kiln worker, was asked by some foreigners doing a survey if he had any inferiority complex since he was wearing a slipper.
TONY WATT insists Celtic's youths belong on the same stage as Barca - and that Scottish football must shake off its inferiority complex.
We) consider the information issued as evidence of an inferiority complex.
We have never had an inferiority complex in our dealings with the European Union.
IF new Liverpool signing Milan Jovanovic had an inferiority complex about joining the Reds, it couldn't have been helped by an incident in pre-season.
Is there any wonder therefore that many whites acquire a superiority complex, and blacks an inferiority complex and treat whites as demi-gods?
Those who suffer from inferiority complex and lack a historical background and civilization are the ones that claim they need atomic bombs," he added.
The widespread inferiority complex he says has resulted in the loss of African languages leading to a loss of cultural identity: "Everything is now being considered and analyzed under a foreign angle since you're now thinking and reasoning in a foreign language.
The Gazette should not have allowed him to publicise his inferiority complex in this manner.
It is up to our boys to show they can handle it and I don't have any fears that the Fulham team will be going on to the field with an inferiority complex.