Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Have you ever found yourself in situations where you felt inferior based on the circumstances and never knew why?
One of those situations as a kid where you would feel competitive with your siblings? Overcompensating for your weaknesses, trying to be somebody you are not and by the end of the situation, you would feel like you have not been acting yourself or that the end didn't justify the means you employed? One of those situations where you felt pity instead of compassion and understanding, and didn't show emotions at all. Or one of those situations where you were feeling envy, jealousy and insecurity instead of courage and strength, and never took actions?
The list can go on...
I have personally been in these matrixes my whole life and still am experiencing them, almost daily.
And so are you!
These feelings of emotions are called complexes.
The term "complexe" was first introduced by Carl Jung in the 1900’s and was used in psychoanalysis. He described it as a core pattern of emotions, memories, perceptions, and wishes in the personal unconscious organised around status of power or socioeconomic status.
Put simply, it is a node of unconscious feelings and beliefs stored in our mind.
Later, in 1908, the psychotherapist Alfred Adler emphasised the importance of feelings of inferiority or complexe of inferiority in shaping the individual personality. This could start showing in childhood, when growing up in a very competitive household environment could be triggered because of psychological limitations or by experienicing social discrimination (race, gender, beliefs or economic status). Complexes usually cause the individual – when she or he is unconscious about it - to overcompensate for their perceived weaknesses.
Our generation is mostly and deeply affected by these complexes.
With the big impact of Social Media constantly feeding us and influencing our psychological wellness, perfection becomes a normal standard, causing us to lose our self-esteem and desperately seek attention and approval. We wrongfully only identify ourselves as beings only with Body & Mind (still identifying our brains as MasterMind) and live a life full of cravings, egoistic desires, ignorance, fear and complexe... forgetting that there is an underlying Spiritual Essence: the eternal Soul.
In the ancient Kemetic (old Egypt) civilization, the concept of complexe was well known and already assessed thousands of years ago! It was defined as a "wake-up" call from the Soul, caused by the misidentification of the individual with the EGO-persona. According to Kemetics, the human being is eternal and made of:
- Body (physical body with the raw senses functioning for survival and procreation)
- Mind (astral body with the conscious Mind and senses including intuition)
- Soul (causal body with the unconscious mind)
"Until complexes are made conscious and worked through, (…) they operate “autonomously” and interfere with the intentions of the will, disturbing the memory and conscious performance." – Carl Jung
The ancient Kemetic texts explain that the Soul induces through the unconscious Mind, situations of past trauma to occur through complexes; in order for us to consciously deal with the node of feelings or beliefs by either acting and reflecting on them or doing a self-introspection. We would then be able to reflect on those knots of unconscious feelings, emotions & beliefs and ask ourselves where they first originated from. The decision to embrace these complexes for the rest of our Lifetime or let them go is totally up to us.
“The wickedness of the Soul is ignorance, the virtue of the Soul is knowledge.” - Ancient Egyptian Proverb, source: Kemetic Diet by Dr. Muata Ashby)
"Complexes can be conscious, partly unconscious or unconscious; positive or negative; resulting in good or bad outcomes." – Carl Jung
We human beings have amazing minds, and are the only species with the ability to completely take control over one and only thing which is our thought.
Think of it!
We never saw and will never see our own face. We only see reflections of our faces. People, on the contrary, do see our faces.
So choose your inner circle of friends consciously and most importantly remember that you are the first reflective image to everyone else, you might as well make it count !
"Know Yourself" from within. Learn how to meditate. Love yourself enough and surround yourself with positive people.
So the next time you are confronted with a complexe of inferiority, you can consciously reflect on it. See it as an opportunity to connect with your Soul.
Link: complex Psychology
Book: Kemetic diet by Dr. Muata Ashby.
Book: Inner Engineering, a Yogi’s guide to Joy by Sadhguru.
editing by daniel zineldin