An inferiority complex is a persistent feeling of inadequacy, often resulting in the belief that one is in some way deficient, or inferior, to others. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical or mental inferiority, actual or perceived. People with inferiority complexes may exhibit a number of signs and symptoms, including low self-confidence, social anxiety, a tendency to compare themselves negatively to others, a fear of failure, a tendency to give up easily, and a negative attitude. In some cases, people with inferiority complexes may overcompensate for their feelings of inadequacy by becoming overly competitive, aggressive, or arrogant. This psychological phenomenon can have far-reaching and profound effects on both individuals and the communities they are a part of, influencing behaviors, relationships, and overall well-being.


A common refrain in our society today is that Mokokchung, the land of pioneers, is now lagging behind “others” in many fields. While it could be true to a certain extent, we must check whether this refrain is a manifestation of inferiority complex. Growth and development are often restricted in communities where a significant portion of the population struggles with an inferiority complex. Communities with a high prevalence of individuals struggling with an inferiority complex will obviously face economic challenges.


As a community, we must first of all address the inferiority complex, if any, both at the individual and community levels. Likewise, we must claim our rights as enlightened citizens and not with a sense of inadequacy.

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