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su·pe·ri·or·i·ty com·plex

term sometimes given to the compensatory behavior, for example, aggressiveness, self-assertion, associated with inferiority complex.

superiority complex

n.
1. An exaggerated feeling of being superior to others.
2. A psychological defense mechanism in which feelings of superiority counter or conceal feelings of inferiority.

superiority complex

Psychiatry A popular term for a constellation of behaviors–eg, aggressiveness, assertiveness, self-aggrandization, etc, which may represent overcompensation for a deep-rooted sense of inadequacy. Cf Inferiority complex.

su·pe·ri·or·i·ty com·plex

(sū-pēr'ē-ōr'i-tē kom'pleks)
Term sometimes given to the compensatory behavior, e.g., aggressiveness, self-assertion, associated with an inferiority complex.

superiority complex

An unrealistically exaggerated belief in one's own merits. Alfred Adler (1870–1937, Austrian psychologist) suggested that in some people a superiority complex is a response to feelings of inferiority.
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that their initial surprise at the attacks was due to any overreliance on technology; rather, their initial surprise was based on several non-technological factors," and goes on to enumerate these factors, which include the arrogance ("superiority complex") of both the Israeli Defense Forces and AMAN and their beliefs about the balance of forces the Arabs would have to achieve in order to attack.
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The assumption that the military might is synonymous with ethical right, can only lead to an inverted superiority complex by other nations adopting ethics that demand confrontation rather than convergence.
As a result of China's remarkable economic development over the past 25 years, the Chinese people are becoming more self-confident -- perhaps even developing something of a superiority complex. The mixture of this superiority complex and an inferiority complex spawned by its humiliating modern history since the Opium War seems to be producing very complicated feelings.
So ease up on the superiority complex and accept yourself for the imperfect creature you are.
In a time of silence she had learned of 'my superiority complex as a Christian, who knew nothing of Christ's spirit'.
If you look at people who are part of the Ku Klux Klan and hear the reasons they're in it, a lot of it is either superiority complex or inferiority complex or a lack of education.
Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday said Pakistan and India could resolve their key differences peacefully provided India gives up its superiority complex and treats Pakistan as an equal.
He will refer back to it again and again, especially when confronted with the charge that missionary activity is simply a vestigial manifestation of a thoroughly outdated Western superiority complex. According to this charge, attempts at proselytization are an irresponsible interference with the harmonious lifestyle of primitive tribes, an almost criminal disruption of these simple peoples' idyllic, harmonious culture.
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Add to that the lack of a clear enemy with the Cold War's end and the military's superiority complex because it has solved problems, such as drugs, that civilian society has not, and you are left with a potentially toxic combination.