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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With politicians like Llew Smith and tabloids like the Welsh Mirror sputtering hatred against Welsh-language culture, the tories wanting to abolish the Assembly and consign our working class history to oblivion, and Plaid and the Lib-Dems scrambling for crumbs from the table, I am sure of one thing: the famous Welsh inferiority complex is perpetrated more from within than it is imposed from without.
I hope for every scrapheap kid with an inferiority complex there's a Mr Vale out there somewhere to tell them the same.
We have never been big spenders but have been doing well in this division for six years now so there is no inferiority complex at all.
Now I suspect that Mr Lambert is either an Englishman living in Wales, in which case he can be excused for his obviously negative attitude to the language, or more likely, a monoglot Welshman with a huge chip on his shoulder and an almost painful inferiority complex due to his lack of Welsh, judging from the rabid and disparaging comments he delights in making about Wales, Welshness and the Welsh language through these columns.
If there is an inferiority complex with players,weneed to sort that out straight away.
I've often been left with the impression that Betdaq have an inferiority complex, probably as a result of Betfair's excellence and overwhelming success.
MICKEY Ned O'Sullivan insists Limerick have lost the inferiority complex they once held in Cork's company.
It's enough to give the rest of the team a large inferiority complex and give up trying.
There seems to be an inferiority complex there too, which is hard to rationalise.
INFERIORITY/SUPERIORITY COMPLEX Inferiority complex A neurotic state of mind that develops because of repeated hurt and failures.
But if only in the interests of equality, I could also do without the likes of Beckham thrusting their bits at me from the male undie ads - even if it does g ive the res t of the boys an inferiority complex.
But Craig Levein seems to have fallen into that mistaken inferiority complex of regarding the job as "a stepping stone" to so-called bigger things.