Top 10 Common Psychological Complexes

10 common psychological complexes

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It is easy to think of psychological complexes as something that affects other people, but you may just be surprised to learn that you have one or two of your own. Psychological complexes don’t have to be of the Mother obsession (Oedipus complex) varieties that are made so popular in Hollywood movies. They can actually be small and insignificant to the point that you don’t even realize there is an issue. What you have to understand is that a psychological complex will alter the way in which you behave, even if that means that it is just in the most subtle of ways. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most common psychological complexes and let’s see if any of them actually apply to you.


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1. Height Complex – complexes are generally broken down into either mental or physical. When you look at the lists on both sides, you’ll see that it’s the physical issues that are the most common. Height is one that is an issue for many people. What’s odd is that the height complex problem can be found in those who are both tall and short, but that is often decided by gender. Males seem to have more problems with being short, whereas women develop issues when they are taller than most. Both end up feeling as though they are somehow different from everyone else, which in turn leads to self-esteem issues.



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2. Weight Complex – most physical complexes boil down to the perception that we have of our own bodies. This is often developed by being told we are “too this” or “too that” for an extended period of time. Issues with weight can often lead to eating disorders, even when your weight is viewed at as being perfectly normal by most people.



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3. Hair Complex – too many people make the mistake of believing that they are defined by their appearance, and unfortunately the world seems to be falling in line with this way of thinking. We are constantly bombarded by images of “perfect” people that we look nothing like. Sitting atop that perfection is a perfect head of hair, which many will lead you to believe is essential to being happy and successful. Whenever you see ads for hair treatments of some kind, the person with the problem is always miserable until their hair issue is fixed, at which point they become part of that perfect crowd.



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4. Skin Color Complex – race is an issue in just about every part of the world, with far too many people making assumptions about others based on nothing but the color of their skin. Being constantly judged in that way can lead to a serious complex where you really start to feel as though your skin color is going to affect everything you do in your life.



5. Inferiority Complex – many people suffer from feelings of low self-esteem and inadequacy, but there are those that allow that to lead them down a path where they simply believe they cannot do anything or are not as good as anyone. No amount of being told how good you are can pull you out of that rut.



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6. Superiority Complex – the flipside of the inferiority complex coin is the superiority complex. This leads people to believe that they are better than everyone they come into contact with, even though there may be nothing in their past to lend any sort of credence to that belief.



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7. Love Complex – most of us know someone that seems to constantly be in a relationship, quickly falling in love each and every time. These people are really in love with the idea of being in love, only to find that their desire to be there drives away the other person in the relationship who is not yet ready for that level of commitment.



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8. Abandonment Complex – this may actually be tied in pretty closely with the love complex mentioned in number 7. So strong is the fear of being alone, the person will firmly attach themselves to anyone that will have them. This often ends up making them appear clingy and needy, which often end with them being alone anyway.



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9. Money Complex – it is often said that money is the root of all evil, but it can also be the cause of some real mental issues. People can become obsessed with the idea that they need a certain amount of money in order to be a success. The problem is that the number keeps changing so that they never achieve that goal.



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10. Napoleon Complex – this may not actually be one of the most common complexes, but it is certainly one you hear people mention on a very regular basis. You will often hear people referring to a bossy short person as having a Napoleon Complex, The beginnings of this can actually go back to the height complex, with shorter men feeling as though they need to exert power to make up for their physical shortcomings.



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