People try to overcome a sense of inferiority by giving the impression that they are superior.

And you see people, you think they have a superiority complex. It isn’t that. They have basically an inferiority complex, and they try to give the world the impression that they are really superior, so they boast all the time. They talk about how much they have. They talk about how much money they have, how much education they have, how much they can do. They brag and boast, and they are cocky all of the time. Occasionally you will find a husband in the home who is dictatorial, and he has to
convince his wife all the time that he’s the boss, and he’s going to run things and he knows more than she knows. Now he isn’t superior, he’s really inferior, and he is trying to overcome his inferiority through the impression that he is superior. These are the methods that people so often use in an attempt to overcome an inferiority complex. But as I said, these are the unhealthy methods. –Overcoming an Inferiority Complex, MLK

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