Inferiority Complex and Self Image


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MHe scans the room to see the executives dressed in expensive suits, sipping champagne, and mingling
amongst each other. He feels “different” to the executives. He feels less than the executives who are dressed in suits while
he wears a basic business shirt and slacks. He poorly knows the executives and finds it hard to socialize with them making him
feel even less as a person. Regardless of the superficial reason for his difference, the real problem is his inferiority complex.

What is an Inferiority
Complex?
A psychologist in 1912 by the name of Alfred
Alder wrote a book titled The Neurotic
Character. His research in the book founded a
popular area of psychology known as the
inferiority complex, a term that describes a
sense of inferiority an individual feels about
oneself towards others. It revolves around
social status, power, ego, and dominance.
You have an inferiority complex when you feel
less than people. You think other people are
better than you.
An inferiority complex can arise when you
experience an imagined or conditioned
feeling of inferiority. For most people it is a
combination of imagination and subtle
conditioning. You feel inferior when an event
takes place. This makes you feel less than
others (conditioning aspect). Your mind
(imagination aspect) blows out your
understanding of the event beyond what
seems reasonable to another person.
Mitchell in our example feels inferior because
he thinks the executives are better. His
inferiority has nothing to do with not knowing
the executives, being dressed differently, or
having a less prestigious job. His interpretation
of the situation makes him feel below standard
and creates inferiority.
The conditioning aspect in Mitchell’s example
is his actual differences to the executives. He is
wearing different clothes to the executives and
he is not “a part of the group” based on his
employment status. The imagination aspect
for Mitchell is his clothes fall below standards (if
there was a dress code, it would be part of
conditioning), the executives are better than
him, the executives want nothing to do with
him because of his difference, plus other
AND THE SELF-IMAGE
irrationalities he thinks make him less of a
human. The big difference between
conditioning and imagination hold the answer
to cure your inferiority complex.
How Your Inferiority Started:
Conditioning
“The inferiority complex is all in the mind.
Simply stop thinking you’re inferior because
you’re not.” That is a lie. If it were that easy,
millions of people at sometime would not
experience feelings of inferiority. The inferiority
complex is society’s psychological black
plague that devours too many lives.
My main motivation for writing this article is to
give you accurate information to overcome
the problem based on what works. This is a
collection of the most useful advice on the
inferiority complex I synthesized over the years,
along with specific lessons I developed to
overcome my inferiority complex; unlike
personal development teachers I know of who
solely emphasize positiveness to overcome
feelings of inferiority.
I did some brief browsing on the web to see
what information was available on the
inferiority complex, and most of the advice
offered is harmful. “Experts” were telling people
“things will get better”, “be more positive”, or
“it’s not so bad”. If you have the inferiority
complex and someone says similar things, you
understand the massive frustration caused
from the misunderstanding when someone
gives you such poor advice.
Positive thinking can be nicely understood
through an analogy in a Bible verse. In Luke
chapter five (NKJV), Jesus was talking to
complaining Pharisees. Jesus replied to them
in a parable so they would be more likely to
understand:
No one puts a piece from a new garment on
an old one otherwise the new makes a tear,
and also the piece that was taken out of the
new does not match the old. And no one puts
new wine into old wineskins; or else the new
wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and
the wineskins will be ruined.
The garment and the wineskins examples are
what positive thinking does to our self-image. A
new patch over the bad garment improves
the garment a little bit, yet it is still its same old
self. If new wine (positive thinking) is poured into
old wineskins (your poor self-image of feeling
inferior), then nothing good will result. It is a
battle of willpower and what is known as
creative imagination.
Positive thinking can slightly improve the
situation, but in the end it usually results in
frustration as your willpower becomes
exhausted. Willpower results in an oscillation
between the problem and an absence of the
problem – failing to create a permanent
solution. You cannot use self-determination to
cure feelings of inferiority. Whenever willpower
fights creative imagination, creative
imagination is the victor. I repeat for emphasis:
Your creative imagination, which consists of
images and feelings, will always conquer your
willpower.
From personal experience and coaching
others, I know first hand that a better selfimage
where you do not feel inferior cannot
be achieved through positive self-talk,
affirmations, and the like. It is unfortunate that
people continue to teach positive self-talk to
overcome feelings of inferiority. Positive self-talk
is often nothing more than an attempt to live
deliriously from reality, ignoring what really
takes place.

When Doing Becomes
Being – How Failure and
Criticism Fuel Inferiority
Everyone has heard “you suck”. Some
individuals are abused so much yet they are
confident with high self-esteem. What makes
high self-esteem people different to those who
feel like others are better?
Primary factors of conditioning that determine
whether you become inferior or rise above the
circumstance is your attitude towards criticism
and failure. Do not forget about the creative
imagination component – the stronger
influence of feeling inferior – yet criticism and
failure most powerfully influence the
conditioning component.
Inferiority arises when doing becomes being.
You and I will always have our critics if we
avoid mediocrity. Anyone that has achieved
anything notable, sooner or later receives
harsh criticism. Find a dark corner where you
can hide from the world if you want to avoid
criticism (but then again, you will be criticized
for hiding). The Greek philosopher Aristotle said,
“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by
saying nothing, doing nothing, and being
nothing.”
People criticize you because they either want
to improve your life, desire to release their
frustration, or have their own problems. Failure
and criticism say nothing about you; rather, let
them signal personal growth. You can take
criticism as a sign of progressing in life. If I had
not experienced feelings of inferiority, I would
not have worked on myself and personally
grown. No way would I be writing this article
today. I am certain I would not teach any
communication skills.
You will never eliminate criticism or failure. The
conditioning aspect of inferiority will never
vanish. This means to overcome the inferiority
complex you cannot expect to avoid failure,
dodge criticism, and achieve perfection. You
must learn, move on, and maintain a goalfocused
attitude to overcome an inferiority
complex.
Criticism and failure will never stop as long as
you pursue goals. Problems arise when you let
the two burglars get a foot hold within your life.
You come to feel inferior by associating
criticism and failure with how you see yourself.
The thieves steal valuable mental goods
important to your success.
You will always do things in an inferior way to
what other people can do – there is no
ignoring that – but a secret to overcome your
inferiority complex is to stop associating
yourself with your actions. Stop letting failure
and criticism form your identity. Inferiority arises
when doing becomes being. When you
associate what you do with yourself, actions of
doing become actions of being.
A young guy gets poor results at school. He
associates his grades with his intelligence –
leading him to believe he is dumb. Is he really
dumb because he was too lazy to study? No.
A guy who gets poor results at school and
does not feel inferior, dissociates himself from
the result. He does not let his lack of study and

effort over the school year make him feel he is
the outcome.
When you feel criticism is a signal of your
unworthiness, only then does it stimulate
inferiority, shame, and failure. Do not take
criticism personally and think of yourself as a
failure. Just criticism can be used as feedback
to adjust what you do on the path of your
success. Criticism can actually make you
thrive.
The Three Factors of
Criticism – Don’t Let These
Get You Down
The reason some people feel inferior from
criticism and failure, while other people
flourish, is how they react to the three
components of criticism: the power of the
sender, intensity, and frequency. You cannot
control the three components of criticism – as
is true for any conditioning aspect of inferiority
– but you can control your reaction to them
(the imagination component).
If you are passionate about boxing and
Muhammad Ali said you are a hopeless boxer,
his power and status intensifies the criticism. If
his criticism was delivered in an intense
outburst, the criticism would make a bigger
impact on you feeling inferior as a boxer. If Ali
also constantly reminded you how hopeless
you are at boxing, this would stimulate further
inferiority. The sender, intensity, and frequency
of positive and negative messages impact
how we feel about ourselves.
What matters, however, is your reaction. Think
of a time when the power of the sender,
intensity of the criticism, and the frequency of
criticism made you feel inferior. If you can –
and I suggest you do – make your selected
memory one related to your current feelings of
inferiority. If you are a shy person, perhaps think
of a time when someone told you to stop
talking because you have nothing good to
say.
Once you remember one or several
experiences, ask yourself these questions:
· What were you thinking when the
person made you feel inferior?
· What emotions did you experience?
· What self-talk followed the person’s
negative feedback?
· How long did these feelings and
thoughts last?
· How intense were these feelings and
thoughts?
The thoughts and feelings you experience
after the event determine whether your
inferiority grows or dies.
After answering these questions, if you reacted
poorly to the negative feedback given to you
in these situations, you should now be aware
of how your feelings of inferiority develop. This
is big. If you have the inferiority complex or
know someone with it, I hope you’re getting
excited about this insight.
The powerful lesson to learn from this is that
people’s criticism and other types of negative
feedback have no power over you. Events do
not make you inferior – it is your reaction to the
events that do. The thoughts and feelings you
experience after the event determine whether
your inferiority grows or dies. The conditioning
aspect of inferiority partly manifests through
the criticism of others – if you let it. Your
reaction to the event determines how you feel
about yourself.
When you believe criticism signals your
unworthiness, your self-worth plummets. You
train yourself to feel inferior through selfcriticism.
You become your worst enemy. The
failed events and experiences shape your
identity, making you appear a failure.
Harmful feelings trail behind harmful thoughts.
You start to feel inferior. You use your creative
imagination poorly to evoke images of failure,
misery, shame, unworthiness, and low selfesteem.
All the negative messages you
accepted over time mold your self-image to
make you feel inferior. You eventually believe
you are inferior. That is essentially how an
inferiority complex develops – through poor
use of your creative imagination.
How Your Inferiority Grows:
Creative Imagination
Animals are preprogrammed with a set of
functions for survival. I am amazed at the
simple yet effective preprogramming given to
birds. When the season changes, some birds
fly thousands of miles straight to a destination
they have never visited. Birds build nests
without ever attending “Nest Building 101” or
taking a course in materials engineering.
Like animals, we are preprogrammed with a
set of functions that enable us to
survivethreats, gather food, and procreate. We
have one huge difference to animals: we are
goal-driven. Humans have the option to select
goalswhile animals do not have this ability.
Animals are preprogrammed from birth to live
a certain life. They survive and procreate.
Humans are different. We can create goals
and set out to achieve them with our creative
imagination.
I feel this to be the greatest part of all personal
development. My creative imagination is
something I get excited about. It gives me the
ability to literally become who I want and so
yours can with you.
The creative imagination is not so much about
idea generation – though it is a wonderful
technique to generate ideas. Your creative
imagination gives you the ability to dream
goals and visualize them so vividly that your
nervous system cannot tell if the visualizations
is fake or reality. You make your entire body
think that intense visualization from your
creative imagination is realism.
People unknowingly use their creative
imagination to create their inferiority
complex. They create scenarios and
thoughts of inferiority from their imagination.
Unfortunately, many people waste their
creative imagination. It is as if they have a
billion-dollar check in their wallet and they do

not cash it in at the bank. In fact, it is more like
they have a billion-dollar gold nugget they do
not convert to cash so they are burdened with
the impossibility of getting through life by
carrying it around. They let this great
opportunity go to complete waste. Unless you
awaken this inner giant, it will lie asleep,
dormant, and do nothing productive.
The first common way your creative
imagination is wasted is through aimless
daydreaming and fantasizing. This lets it go to
complete waste. Your mind aimlessly wanders
off into a fantasy that cannot be created or
which you have no desire to experience.
The second common way your creative
imagination is wasted is using it to create bad
events in your life. This is where the inferiority
complex is derived. People unknowingly use
their creative imagination to create their
inferiority complex. They create scenarios and
thoughts of inferiority from their imagination.
They imagine rejection, failure, criticism,
shame, hatred, scarcity, and loneliness;
instead of acceptance, lessons, love,
abundance, and togetherness. A huge
difference exists here in the parallels of
thinking.
The images you evoke of failure, unworthiness,
and shame wastefully use your creative
imagination to bring further bad events into
your life. If you have fear, anxiety, or worry
about what others think of you, you make this
common mistake and waste your creative
imagination.
There are three common ways psychologists
say the creative imagination is wasted
contributing to an inferiority complex:
napoleon complex, cultural cringe, and
superiority complex. Many more ways of waste
exist yet these will help you understand the
problem and how to better your self-image.
Though a problem may not apply to you, learn
from it.
A part of Alfred Alder’s work of the inferiority
complex developed the Napoleon complex,
which is a specific feeling of inferiority about
one’s height. Alder named the Napoleon
complex after the great military leader
Napoleon Bonaparte who was said to be
motivated in battle from insecurities about his
height.
The images you evoke of failure,
unworthiness, and shame wastefully use your
creative imagination to bring further bad
events into your life.
People with a Napoleon complex make up for
their “inferiority” through aggressive behaviors.
They feel handicapped because of their
smaller stature and attempt to counter this
perceived problem through aggressive
behavior and a superficial layer of toughness.
A smaller stature is not a true handicap as it
just a perceived handicap made from the
creative imagination.
Diagnosing this type of inferiority lies in
identifying overcompensating behaviors from

a perceived inferiority. You would have the
Napoleon complex and demonstrate
overcompensating behavior when you aim to
put-down others who are taller than you. You
would have that little extra desire to do better
than those who are taller than you. You would
try to make taller people look bad. The worst
possible symptom of this feeling of inferiority is
physically hurting taller people because of
their stature. This specific Napoleon complex is
derived from one’s personal feeling of
inferiority and fear that taller people are better
than shorter persons.
LIVE STORY OF A WOMAN THAT LOST HER SON
I am married to a wonderful man and I am a
mother of three beautiful teenage children.
Last October 31st, my 17 year old son
committed suicide. It has been the most
devastating experience of my entire life. I
would like to stress first of all, that our home life
was not what you would consider tumultuous.
We had and still have a very loving home life. I
would like to share with you my son’s story:
Jacob’s childhood was truly an awesome
experience for a typical boy. He played hard
and got dirty. He and Joel (our eldest son) with
help from their father would pitch tents, dig
tunnels, and build forts. As Jacob grew up, it
became abundantly clear that he was very
concerned over his spiritual affairs. I had the
opportunity to teach him in Sunday-School
classes and later on in his teens I would assist
in teaching Confirmation classes. He was
keenly aware of the many blessings we
enjoyed being a Child of God. He wanted to
understand the works of our Heavenly Father.
When we would pray together as a family, he
was very earnest and sincere for such a young
man.
When Jacob turned 13, things started to
change in him. He was unusually short for his
age and it bothered him tremendously. I had
initially thought that the “teenage idiot gene”
had kicked in because he had become very
short tempered, easily agitated, and extremely
defensive. Because of his stature, Jacob had
developed an inferiority complex. Because he
was now attending middle school, I noticed
he had also developed a chip on his shoulder
and would easily get in anyone’s face if they
picked on him. His coping methods made me
uncomfortable and we constantly tried to
coach him and teach him to accept himself
for the talents he had. At one point, one
person asked Jacob what was he worried
about…many great men in history were short.
He very quickly responded with the comment,
“Yeah…that is because they all had to prove
themselves.” In spite of his quick wit, Jacob
dealt with the day to day stress of school by
becoming a ghost. He rarely spoke to many
kids and kept to himself most of the day.
Jacob went into the ninth grade at High
School with the same issues he had in middle
school. He was embarrassed at how short he
was and the chip on his shoulder seemed to
get bigger. Fist fights between Jacob and his
brother seemed to be increasing in frequency
too. The hardest part about those sibling fights
was the fact that even though Jacob was
considerably smaller than Joel, he would go
into the fight with absolutely no fear of getting
hurt. Ninth grade was very hard for us as
parents to stand by and watch our son
mentally mutilate his self-esteem. No matter
how hard we tried to turn that tide, he would
never allow himself to be consoled.
Eventually, Jacob did become taller. By the
11th grade he had filled out into a very good
looking young man. He was extremely
comical and made many people laugh.
However, he never truly learned to like himself.
He had a hard time talking to people unless
he was using humor as his shield.
Ultimately, his low self-image got the better of
him and he ended his life. He was more afraid
of living than he was of dying.
I cried when I read the email. Inferiority is a real
emotional problem not corrected by the
physical defect or positive self-talk. People
return to plastic surgery not to remove physical
defects, but because they have emotional
defects.
The cultural cringe is an area of the inferiority
complex where people feel inferior due to
their culture. Genetic appearance,
pronunciation of words, or other factors of the
human body vary between cultures that make
the individual feel less than people in other
cultures.
A few days ago I came across a lady who was
experiencing the cultural cringe about her
physical appearance. She had a poor selfimage
as she complained about the unusual
features of her body. She loved how Asians
looked. “If only I could look like an Asian lady,”
she said. Her idea that other cultures are better
than hers made her feel inferior.
Feelings of inferiority damage your
communication with yourself and others. The
cultural cringe makes you hate certain people,
cultures, situations, and events. Your
subconscious will be so poisoned with
imaginary beliefs that are powerful enough to
destroy your happiness and relationships.
The superiority complex is a feeling of
superiority over other people. Some experts
and bloggers dangerously suggest it is the
solution to an inferiority complex.
Let’s return to the scenario where Mitchell is in
a room full of successful executives. If Mitchell
had a superiority complex or attempted to
feel superior, he would criticize the executives
to pull down their status to feel better. Another
form of the superiority complex is
demonstrated when Mitchell tries to lift his
status by portraying how better he is than the
executives. Both of these techniques attempt
to lift his status relative to the executives and
fail to overcome his inferiority complex.
I was tricked to believe from books and blogs
that feelings of superiority were the secret to

overcome inferiority. After years of frustration, I
can tell you feelings of superiority cause you
more pain than what it removes.
You fail to overcome feelings of inferiority by
becoming superior. You try to feel bigger,
faster, smarter, wiser than peers. This only leads
to frustration and inferiority. This solution is a
temporary patch on a wound too big. It takes
most people an experience of significant
superiority, such as earning a million dollars or
being popular with the opposite sex, to realize
they still feel inferior.
If you try to feel superior, you still compare
yourself to the false measurement stick that
judged the inferior you.
If you try to feel superior, you still compare
yourself to the false measurement stick that
judged the inferior you. External validation is
required to prove your superior self-image. If
you are put out of place through ignorance or
you are made to feel less superior, you
attempt to grab back your non-existent
podium of superiority by criticizing others and
using similar behaviors to lift you status.
If a person’s need to compete against another
is driven from insecurity to feel superior, does a
superiority complex exist? I think it does exist,
but an inferiority complex can be used to
explain someone with a superiority complex.
What is Your Perception of
People You Aspire To?
Everyone is superior to you in some way, but
they are not superior in who they are. There is
no question people are better looking, more
popular, and wealthier than you. The problem
is the transition from doing to being. Sufferers
of the inferiority complex overcompensate for
these differences.
Referring back to the Napoleon complex,
most of us tend to be controlling or aggressive
beyond height. All of us have our own – often
strange reasons – for feeling inferior that we
dare not share with anyone.
A common example of overcompensating
behavior is when an attractive lady feels
insulted purely because of another woman’s
looks. Women are very competitive in dating
and can feel inferior to a more attractive lady
so they criticize, tease, and display other
insecure behaviors. A shallow woman tries to
raise her self-esteem by being better than
other women.
It disgusts me to hear both men and women
pull another person down. I too often see
unsuccessful, unhappy people criticize a
successful, happy person. These critics are no
better or inferior than the people they criticize.
What is your attitude towards people who are
better than you in certain areas of your life?
How do you feel towards people who are
more attractive than you? How do you feel
towards people who are your superiors at
work? Do you feel inferior? Do you feel they are
better than you? Do you need to pull them
down from their podium by criticizing? Are you
inspired, excited, and thrilled to see others

succeed?
Take your time to think of and relive relevant
experiences. Your recollections hold important
understandings of your inferiority complex.
A secret to overcoming the inferiority complex
is accepting who you are as a person. When
you accept your uniqueness, you no longer
compare yourself to mystical standards. I
estimate 50% of people have the inferiority
complex. Our perceived standard is a joke!
You are not inferior or superior to anyone nor is
anyone inferior or superior to you. We are
ourselves. You are you. Mitchell is Mitchell.
People say, “Just be yourself”. That is awful
advice. If you continue to be yourself, you
continue to have poor habits, thoughts,
feelings, and results.
Being yourself is different than accepting your
uniqueness. A guy who knows he is unique can
grow as a person and “not be himself”. He
accepts his uniqueness and still becomes
more than he was yesterday. He becomes his
best self. No matter what he does, he will
always be unique. When he accepts his
uniqueness, he does not compare himself to
other people.
Next time you feel inferior, challenge those
thoughts by investigating why you feel inferior.
You will realize your comparison is based on a
mystical benchmark. The people you measure
yourself against are not the true measurement
stick. They are not you. You are your true
measurement. Compare yourself with the
person you were instead of contrasting you
with other people. Neuro-linguistic
programming calls this technique a “self-to-self
comparison”.
If you are shy in conversations, do not
compare yourself to the extrovert,
blabbermouth, social butterfly. Compare your
present shyness to your shyness one month
ago. Get satisfaction from knowing you’re
becoming a better person. Many variables
make you unique – your family, friends, coworkers,
upbringing – the list goes on. It is
foolish to compare yourself to others.
You can enjoy your journey of personal
development without realizing your ultimate
goal by seeing progression in bettering
yourself. When you make your past the
benchmark, you begin to heal. (Read Anthony
Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within to learn
more about enjoying your journey. Robbins
teaches you how to adjust your values so you
become happier and self-motivated on your
journey instead of relying on an end result to
be happy.
he core secret to overcome your inferiority
complex is changing your self-image. The selfimage
is how you perceive yourself. It is a
mental picture of who you are. It does not
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have to be truth as you have seen in the
inferiority complex where you are not inferior.
The self-image is your image of yourself.
The great Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of Psychocybernetics,
was a plastic surgeon in the mid
1900s. He operated on many individuals who
felt inferior due to their “unusual” looks. Most of
the individuals did not look unusual; it was their
self-image that blew their looks out of
proportion. They had used their creative
imagination to create a dangerous false
image of their physical appearance.
Dr. Maltz operated on many who despite
successful plastic surgery remained feeling
inferior. They returned to him requesting more
surgery as they sought to look like famous
individuals. He would again operate on them
only to have the clients still dissatisfied with their
appearance.
For some of his patients, this was not the case.
Some individuals’ feeling of inferiority
disappeared after plastic surgery while others
even had their emotional scars cured without
ever going under the knife. This made Dr. Maltz
curious. Why did some people with healed
“outer scars” like facial deformations that were
successfully operated on still have “inner scars”
of inferiority? From his research emerged
modern self-help psychology. He is the
founder of visualization, creative imagination,
self-talk, and changing the self-image.
Your self-image… controls what you can and
cannot do. If you see yourself as inferior to
others, this self-image ensures you remain
inferior.
Dr. Maltz discovered that each hurtful word,
thought, and experience over a person’s
lifetime accumulated to form a poor selfimage.
He began to teach people how their
self-image was shaped and how they can be
more careful with their own words in shaping
another person’s self-image. What mattered
most was what he called the “creative
imagination” that contained the self-image.
He discovered a person’s creative imagination
shaped one’s self-image to determine feelings
of inferiority. We have been working on yours
throughout the article.
Your self-image has tremendous powers. Your
self-image controls what you can achieve. It
controls what you can and cannot do. If you
see yourself as inferior to others, this self-image
ensures you remain inferior. No amount of
positive thinking, willpower, or selfdetermination
cures a feeling of inferiority
when an inferior self-image exists. Dr. Maltz in
The New Psycho-cybernetics, profoundly
explains the power of the self-image to shape
our behavior and achieve what we desire:
The self-image controls what you can and
cannot accomplish, what is difficult or easy for
you, even how others respond to you just as
certainly and scientifically as a thermostat
controls the temperature in your home.
Specifically, all your actions, feelings, behavior,
even your abilities, are always consistent with
this self-image. Note the word: always. In short,
you will ‘act like’ the sort of person you
conceive yourself to be. A person that weighs 250 pounds can drop to
210 pounds through willpower and
determination. If the weight-loss took place out
of willpower, however, the person will return to
his true self-image weight of 250 pounds. You
can decrease the girth of your stomach
through grunt force, but if your self-image has
not adjusted to your new weight, your old
weight will return. The room temperature can
fluctuate a few degrees depending on who
enters and leaves the room, yet the
thermostat always returns the room to its set
temperature. (For more discoveries on this
fluctuating problem, read this article titled
“Why Problem Solving Doesn’t Solve the
Problem and the Real Solution to Permanent
Change”.
The same rule holds true to become more
muscular. If your self-image is a thin-body, you
will have a tough time packing on muscle.
Arnold Schwarzenegger at 15-years was thin.
What set him apart from other bodybuilders
was his self-image. He would visualize his new
muscular body each time he performed a rep
at the gym while other bodybuilders would
fantasize over bikini models. In 1980,
Schwarzenegger claimed his seventh Mr.
Olympia title and become the icon of
bodybuilders.
A person that aims to lose weight through
willpower uses forward goal-setting. If you use
forward goal-setting, where you set a goal to
achieve and work towards it, you will fail. As I
have repeatedly said, positive willpower
cannot overcome a negative creative
imagination. Your creative imagination will
always win.
Apply this to other areas of your life. Stop trying
to use willpower to overcome your inferiority
complex or to achieve some other goal. It
cannot be done for permanent results. What
you need to do for all your goals is use
backward goal-setting where you set a goal to
achieve and begin doing the things now that
you would do upon achieving that goal.
To do this you need to awaken your creative
imagination by immersing yourself in an
imaginary environment where you achieved
your goal. Your aim is to visualize yourself
immersed in an environment so real that it
feels like you achieved it.
I will run through a complete exercise you can
do right now to overcome your inferiority
complex. You are to primarily rely on this
technique to overcome feelings of inferiority.
When the technique is used over time on a
frequent basis, your inferiority complex will
evaporate.

Exercise to Cure Your
Inferiority Complex and
Boost Your Self-Image
The exercise is an intense visualization. The
nervous system cannot tell a real event from a
fake event. Studies have repeatedly shown
that when we visualize, the body experiences
physiological responses that mimic action. The
mirror neurons in the premotor cortex of the
brain become activated from visualizations in
the same manner as doing the action.
This is not the exercise, but imagine you are in
a real fight. Hear the yelling, swearing, and
abuse. Feel the air. Taste the blood. See the
people gather around you. Look at your angry
opponent. By immersing yourself in the
environment your physiology will appropriately
respond. Your body will release doses of
adrenaline as your heart rate increases along
with a heightened awareness. The more real
your visualization is, the more your body
responds as if it were a real experience.
To demonstrate the exercise I encourage you
to use on a daily basis, I will walk you through
what I would do in Mitchell’s situation.

I firstly slow down my breathing. Notice present
tensions in my body and make a conscious
decision to relax that part of the body. Next, I
visualize myself walking confidently into the
room full of executives. Shoulders are back,
posture is erect, neck is straight, and my strides
are slow. I make strong eye contact when
others look at me. I smell the champagne and
hear the chatter and smile at hearing the
occasional loud laugh. I see the gray walls
and people’s black shoes.
I feel the wrinkles around my mouth as I smile
when greeting an executive. I feel a person’s
hand as I give them a firm handshake. People
are warming up to me as I communicate
complete comfort with myself. I am poised. I
love myself and have no need to compare
myself to other’s standards. I am proud in
knowing that I am becoming a better person. I
am a unique individual.
That is a brief example of what I would feel
and see in my mind’s eye. I encourage you to
go into more depth. Create more details.
Visualize what it is like to not worry what people
think of you. Smell the air and touch the
surfaces that are around the non-inferior you.
Thorough details are extremely important.
Make it so vivid that it becomes real. Use your
five senses: taste, touch, sight, smell, and
hearing. These focused visualizations will give
you a new self-image.
Run through constructive visualizations
everyday. It may seem like a lot of effort, but
this is your life we are talking about. You are
important. You run through visualizations
everyday. The exercise has you control
imagery you would otherwise waste.
I also encourage you to use positive thinking,
which I earlier “bashed”. Positive thinking is a
valuable tool when used in conjunction with
your creative imagination. Combine these two
great tools together with the many other tips in
this article and you will soon overcome your
inferiority complex. After all, your inferiority
complex developed by using these tools in a
negative fashion.
You will never eliminate all thoughts of inferiority
because it is human nature to think the
occasional demeaning thought. You do not
need to feel inferior, however. The difference is
whether you let the occasional thought and
feeling grow.

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