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Related to superiority complex: inferiority complex
term sometimes given to the compensatory behavior, for example, aggressiveness, self-assertion, associated with inferiority complex.
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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.
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superiority complexPsychiatry 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.
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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.
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superiority complexAn 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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