Excerpted with permission from Griffith, Jane & Powers, Robert L.
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inferiority feelings (Adlerian)
( feeling of inferiority )
Inferiority feelings are those universal human feelings of incompleteness, smallness, weakness, ignorance, and dependency first experienced by the infant and small child. Inferiority feelings continue to be experienced to greater or lesser degree in adult life and, for the well-adapted individual, are a source of motivation to overcome obstacles, to grow, and to improve one's self and the community.