I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
When building your profitable practice, it’s important that you don’t develop an inferiority complex. You are the only person who has control of the thoughts in your head. While you might believe that your inner voice is looking after your best interests, this isn’t always the case. Your self-talk is frequently critical. It tells you that you’re incapable and inferior and you don’t measure up well when compared to others. This can create inferiority complex and a vicious cycle that feeds on itself.
People who feel inferior don’t try as hard. Sometimes they withdraw from human interaction. When they see themselves as incapable of socializing. Normally, their feelings of inadequacy grow, so they withdraw even more. The snake eats its tail, and this damaging cycle continues.
Do you feel inferior or not as good as others at times? That’s normal. But if you experience these feelings regularly, you may have an inferiority complex. The best thing to do is talk to a mental health professional. They’ll recommend some or all the following five methods for overcoming a chronic belief that you’re not as good as others.
1. Express positive affirmations. Talk to yourself positively. Do this when you experience negative emotions or thoughts of self-doubt. Speaking to yourself positively rather than negatively helps erase feelings of inferiority.
2. Talk therapy. This is likely the first treatment method your therapist is going to turn to. It can help you cope with any symptoms of an inferiority complex that may be limiting or harming you. The goal is to identify unhealthy patterns of behavior and what causes them. A review of past experiences and memories can help you uncover why you constantly compare yourself to others and see yourself on the weaker side of that comparison.
3. Cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is a typical practice in psychotherapy. It works to make a patient aware of negative thought patterns that lead to incorrect beliefs, and sometimes self-harm. This practice teaches that thoughts are not always facts that should be acted upon.
4. Journaling. Writing down your thoughts and feelings is incredibly therapeutic. This is something you can start doing yourself before you seek the help of a trained healthcare professional. Just start writing. There is no wrong or right way to get your feelings down on paper.
5. Medication. A trained and licensed psychotherapist will turn to medication, usually as a last resort. The medicine prescribed is often to treat symptoms of an inferiority complex, such as depression and anxiety.
Chronically feeling you’re inferior isn’t healthy. It can swing a wrecking ball through your life and damage the quality of your personal and professional relationships. Inferiority complexes are treated successfully using the five practices we just listed. They improve your self-image and confidence while helping you view yourself as a quality individual.
The way we speak to ourselves greatly impacts how we see ourselves. Check out our blog post here for tips on squelching negative self-talk.
I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.
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