It’s a known fact that confidence is key to success. One cannot reach his/her goals without having a good reserve of self-esteem. Though confidence is useful to solve many life problems, it is not easily earned or maintained. It is not uncommon for teenagers to suffer from an inferiority complex.
During the growing years, harsh comments from parents or teachers can lower a child’s belief in herself and her abilities. When elders tend to criticise an adolescent continuously or adopt improper discipline techniques, she may often feel unloved and worthless. If this continues, it may negatively affect personality development.
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Have you been feeling sad for long periods of time in the day? Ask yourself, in the recent past, have I been:
1. Feeling like I am hopeless and dejected
2. Feeling like I am a disappointment to those close to me
3. Feeling panicky and anxious on many days
4. Feeling sad for long periods of time in a day
5. Having difficult focusing on my work
6. Experiencing little pleasure through activities I usually enjoy
7. Withdrawing from social situations
8. Eating too much or too little
9. Observing fluctuations in my weight
10. Feeling fatigued easily
11. Sleeping too much or too little
12. Fidgeting a lot or barely moving around at all
13. Contemplating a lot about death
14. Considering hurting myself and/or others
15. Observing that my problem is affecting my activities and those around me
If you have scored between 0 and 5, your fluctuation in mood seems to be under control.
If you have scored between 5 and 10, you seem to be experiencing slight fluctuation in mood and few negative thoughts. Understanding methods to control these fluctuations could help you lead a happier life.
If you have scored between 10 and 15, you are highly inclined to fluctuating between negative moods. We would recommend you begin change in your life. You can visit us for a consultation.
Lack of confidence is associated with negative attitude towards self and fear of criticism. Such people may be unable to realistically evaluate their strengths and deficiencies and therefore have wrong notions of what they can or cannot do. Hence their motivation is also lowered.
Depression and anxiety are common consequences of inferiority complex and affect the person and those around him. By learning how to cope with difficult and stressful situations and develop greater confidence, teenagers can be helped to come out of such a problem.