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Q. Can one hope to help a person with an inferiority complex by rational argument, by the use of reason? Can one hope to convince the person, by argument, that his general mental powers are as great as those of anyone, and thus replace his general self-doubts and feelings of lack of confidence with a general, stable, buoyant spirit of confidence? How would one attempt it? A. Whether one could hope to be successful or not in removing an inferiority complex through rational argument is a good question. I don't know, but have my doubts. One could attempt to do it through the use of the following types of arguments: - Stress that every person is very complicated with many facets and abilities and everyone has a variety of strengths and weaknesses. - List different kinds of abilities and help the person analyze himself and find out in which ones he is strong and in which he is weak. - Cite examples of important, successful people who had definite strengths and point out some of their weaknesses. - Cite examples of important people who had inferiority complexes to show that inferiority feelings do not imply a lack of ability. - Get the person to re-examine his personal values and priorities as to what is important in life. Show him that goodness, honesty, simplicity and truth are more important than any mental ability and that a good, honest, moral person is much to be preferred to a highly gifted one; that we ought not worry about the opinions of society and people --- only of God. Aug 1977 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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