How to Stop Feeling Inferior to Others?

Believing in yourself is not always easy. Time and again, you might be tempted to compare yourself to others.

Hence we asked 13 experts, how to stop feeling inferior to others?

Below are their top insights.

Fabiola Paul LCSW, CCTP

Feeling inferior stems from a lack of self-worth and self-esteem.

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The main message that a person may have is “I’m not enough”, and you can fill it in with whatever is a trigger for example: I’m not good enough or smart enough, thin enough, etc.

A key part to stop feeling inferior to others involves being open to personal development and processing your negative thoughts and where they stem from.

This is done in therapy with a mental health professional. However, there are 3 things that you can do to move forward in the process.

#1 Create personal positive affirmations.

Affirmations are powerful I Am statements that speak encouragement and strength to your mind. After all, our thoughts impact our feelings, which impact our behavior.

Spend time and write 3-5 positive affirmations and make it a point to repeat them out loud to yourself in the morning and before bed. Before long you will begin to see the shifts in your attitude and beliefs about yourself and your abilities.

#2 Surround yourself with positive people.

As it is said, “Birds of a feather flock together”. This is true when it comes to dealing with inferiority issues. When you have a group of supportive friends, they are able to point out certain abilities and characteristics that you have which benefit the group.

In addition to involved in those positive circles, they become sort of a model for you which you can mimic. This will allow you to grow and become confident of who you are in a safe environment where you feel accepted to not only take but give as well.

#3 Take small risk daily.

Taking a chance to take small risks provides evidence that you can use for other challenges if it goes well, and lessons you can learn going forward if it does not.

Either way, when you take small risks it build up your confidence and opens you up to challenging other blockers that you may have in your life.

Fabiola Paul