The Echoes of the Mind (22) Emotional Complexes

Emotional Complexes

Most people value their emotions. This can do nothing but cause problems.

As creatures of habit, people easily fall into mental and behavioral patterns which are emotively based. A habit may either be a means to achieve a certain emotional state or to avoid it. The wellspring of such a pattern is an emotional complex.

Emotions can make such a strong impression as to warp the minds of those who hold on to them. These are typically termed psychological complexes, as their effects are debilitating; but the root of such complexes is emotional.

Persecution delusion is one of the more common psychological complexes: someone feeling intensely stressed and thwarted in achievement or expression begins to believe that others are out to hurt them.

Inferiority and superiority complexes are also fairly common. Those who feel inferior believe there is something fundamentally wrong with them. Self-loathing sets in.

Conversely, those with a superiority complex compensate for deep feelings of inferiority by convincing themselves, and commonly proclaiming to others, their superiority.

We should not be astonished if in the cases where we see an inferiority complex, we find a superiority complex more or less hidden. On the other hand, if we inquire into a superiority complex and study its continuity, we can always find a more or less hidden inferiority complex. ~ Alfred Adler

There are numerous psychological complexes which manifest depending upon the temperament and environment of the individual. All are manifestations of mental illness, rooted in firm belief in the machinations of the mind, beginning with embracing emotions.