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Certain personality traits or quirks (such as abnormal slowness, being unobservative, poor memory, etc.) predispose a person towards problems of lack of confidence and an Inferiority Complex. However, there are a great many people who don't have those particular personality traits that predispose one toward lack of confidence problems, that do in fact have inferiority complexes. They may be very alert, quick, and observant. They seem intelligent enough. Yet they have an Inferiority Complex. Why? How does it happen? By what process or mechanism does it come about? How about the following as a possible explanation of the kind of thing that might happen? When they start out in school they are alert, active, observant children. However, they are not really interested in school. In fact they don't like school. They are extroverts and prefer to fool around and have fun. So they don't really try; they don't settle down and study and work; they don't really apply themselves. This goes on for several years. The teachers pass them from one grade to the next but they aren't really getting the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Later on their lack of foundation starts catching up with them. Things get harder and harder. You have to know last year's work in order to do this year's. You have to understand yesterday's ideas and principles in order to understand today's. One thing is built on another. Everything starts seeming more and more complicated and incomprehensible. Even when they put forth sincere effort and try they just don't seem to be able to do it. It is just too complicated. They are snowed. And then they look around them and look enviously at others who are understanding everything, with no trouble, and doing well. So what is the natural conclusion? The others are "smarter" than them. Thus the "complex" has its start. The direction of their mind has been established --- they are started down that road of Self-Doubt. And as all this goes on day after day they go further and further down that road. They have impressed on them again and again just how much smarter others are then they --- in fact, just how "stupid" and "inferior" they really are. And the more inferior they feel the more they watch others and the more they compare and the worse they feel. And of course they are doing poorly as far as marks are concerned so their parents and teachers don't think they are very smart either. So one thing reinforces another and they don't see any very good evidence that would allow for any other conclusion. One question: What part does the modern school system play in creating complexes? The above explanation involved the school system. The school system was a very essential part of it. A child develops an inferiority complex when he starts seeing himself compared with others, when there are comparisons, and school is the situation in which this naturally occurs. And then there is this IQ idea that every one learns about. He is sure to get his IQ measured so people can find out how he ranks against others in "intelligence", to find out how "smart" he is. Since our intelligence is so closely connected to our ego, our sense of self-esteem, our sense of self-worth, the outcome, if he believes and accepts the IQ idea, is sure to affect his feelings toward himself. If he gets an average or high score he may say to himself, "At least I am intelligent. That is what is important. I don't really need to study." If he gets a low score it may be a devastating blow and kill any inclination to study. Our modern school system is a rather recent development. At one time most children, the lower class children, children of the "peasantry", didn't go to school. Could our school system be the source of the most of our modern day emotional problems? Could it be the major reason for most of our Inferiority Complexes? Oct 1977 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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