We all might have been in situations where we felt as though we’re not as smart as our peers or we’re inferior. No matter how hard we try to hide feelings of inadequacy, our body language has a way of telling how we feel. This shows signs of inferiority complex.
No matter what we do, our body language has a way of giving ourselves away. Sure, words are a form of expression. However, body language and facial expressions are also important methods of communication. But before we get into the signs let’s learn more about what it is and how to know if you have an inferiority complex.
What Is An Inferiority Complex?
Inferiority complex relates to a personal feeling of inferiority, inadequacy, or weakness which may show up in situations where we feel lesser than our peers.
You don’t always need words to express yourself.
Your body language and facial expressions constantly communicate with those around you.
People who display a body language of inferiority complex have a significant impact socially. Even though we have never learned or studied how to understand body language, we still can interpret body language. This interpretation is, however, unconscious, but it determines how we see others and how we relate to them.
If you’re wondering what are the signs of inferiority complex, well the body language of an inferiority complex person showcases that they don’t love themselves. They tend to behave as though they have a “poor opinion of themselves”. In consequence, when people see or interpret how you see yourself, they usually tend to act accordingly. If you are not quite sure if you have an inferiority complex, here are some signs that might help you understand:
8 Signs of Inferiority Complex
- Having low self-esteem
- Being unable to reach your goals or feeling stuck
- Giving up easily
- Assuming the worst case scenario
- Constantly feeling the need to withdraw from social situations
- Often feeling down
- Experiencing anxiety and depression
- Being sensitive to criticism
However, experiencing these signs and symptoms doesn’t necessarily confirm that you have an inferiority complex. In such cases, you can seek professional help to understand whether you have an inferiority complex or not.
So in order to understand what your body language is giving away, here are a few common inferiority complex symptoms you may notice in yourself or someone who feels the same way.
4 common symptoms of an inferiority complex in your body language
1. Shrinking yourself
Animals make themselves small when they see danger or if they are at a disadvantage. They tend to shrink themselves in order to avoid being seen. Humans also have a similar tendency. But our version is different. It is more like retreating into our safe space or shells. This is a very common body language of someone with an inferiority complex.
It gets manifested by hunching over or the person’s back curves downward, in on itself. It typically occurs while sitting or walking.
2. Crossing the arms
People with inferiority complexes often cross their hands in order to create shields that isolate them from others or to protect their bodies. This body language is an expression of defensive attitude, self protection, and marking your territory. Crossing your hands in front of your chest implies that you are trying to protect yourself from someone or something that’s more powerful than you.