Teenagers who suffer from inferiority complex feel they are not good enough, they feel everyone is better than them; this makes them always hide in their shelves and compare themselves with their friends, classmates and peers.
Inferiority complex is defined as a psychological feeling whereby a person considers others to be better than him or her. In most cases, the feeling which make a person consider himself inferior are actually imaginary and may not even exist
No parent would want to see their child in such a devastating stage, suffering from inferiority complex; that is why it is important for parents to be observant of their children and ward, so if there are changes, they can be easily noticed and corrected.
Causes of inferiority complex include:
- Upbringing of the child
- Negative remarks from parents
- Constant criticism
- Defects in body e.g. in face, height, speech, vision, weight
- Feeling of comparison
- Poor academic performance
- Financial status of parents
Signs and symptoms to look out for:
- Your teenager avoids being with friends
- Your teenager prefers staying at home rather than going out and playing
- Your teenager avoids participating school activities
- Your teenager always speaks about bad luck or being unlucky
- Your teenager refuses speaking with guests
What can be done as a parent to help?
- Try to recognize the hidden skills of your child and help them to nourish and develop it.
- Render support and motivation
- Do not compare your child with anyone.
- Encourage and motivate them
- Spend time with your child
- Help your child to be more enthusiastic about him and thus boost his confidence levels.