Alfred Adler, Austrian psychiatrist and psychologist, believed that all children begin with a sense of inferiority. This is because of our dependence upon our parents or parent figure. It resonates with me. How about you?
Confidence in who I am has taken me a long time. Not sure I have arrived yet.
Oh, I am confident of many things, but not all. I am beginning to assume “all” is not going to happen.
Adler also coined the term “inferiority complex.” It it is a term that I think of describing our inferiority at the extreme. I might feel inferior about playing football, but my inferiority is case specific. It would not necessarily spill over into my knowledge of books. With an inferiority complex, it would. My inferiority would be about everything.
At the end of a dictionary piece about American Historian Henry Brooks Adams, it reads, “Adam’s letters contain some of his most lucid writing and reveal a man of warmth and sensibility.” If I can adopt this to being a truth in my obituary, I will feel that whatever inferiorities I have had to overcome, I obtained success.