【Mirror of Erised】
Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi...
Ishow no tyo urfac ebu tyo urhe arts desire...
I show not your face but your hearts desire...
the happinest man on earth would look in the mirror and see only himself...exactly as he is...
A key symptom of IC is the compulsion to compare oneself against others unfavorably.
”Comparison is the thief of joy”… Even as comparison is a function of our society, our culture and our institutions…Comparison is built into the school grading systems, we are subject to as children. Similarly they are a feature of our climb to professional success as we compete to obtain positions of status is our organizations…According to psychologists, to deny our pervasiveness to compare is not to only deny the reality, but to deny our human instinct. This is because the urge to compare ourselves with others is rooted in our survival instinct, known as self-other mergence. Self-other comparisons end up harming individual self- worth…To the person with the inferiority complex, this means that they are constantly stumbling to find self-esteem by ranking themselves against others, which is a naturally losing game, when in most situations, there is always going to be someone in the world who do better, which end up lying around, playing behind etc…
Another key symptom of IC is the false sense of superiority.
The person with an IC often feels forced to place what little self-worth they have in the few things that they can control. This can be appearance, women, and other symbols of status and wealth. They may also feel the need to brag about these things and gain external validation, to temporarily boost self-worth and make up for all things beneath the surface that they cannot control. You may have noticed in cases where an individual suffering from inferiority complex attains some level of success in a particular domain, this sense of superiority may evolve into acquired situational narcissism, this type takes when someone used to behave reasonably changes to become ego-centric, and boastful as a consequence, of acquiring prestige, welcomeness, wealth or status in a particular domain. Outwardly, this can manifest as a false sense of superiority.
Another key symptom of IC is extreme sensitivity to criticism.
They struggle to separate their output, e.g. their performance with their self-worth. As a result, upon receiving criticism, even if its meant to be constructive for their work, those suffering from IC are going to feel extremely wounded. Usually the source of sensitivity can be pinned down to their upbringing, their childhood, their relationship to their parents. Early caregivers can have an enormous impact on whether an IC is exasperated or softened. A child with a highly critical parent, who is always saying things like: “You never do things right” “You are stupid”, May internalize those admonishments so completely that they will take them well into their adulthood making them highly sensitive to criticism…