Aristotle’s Complex, Or The Tendency To Feel Better Than Others

Aristotle's complex, or the tendency to feel better than others

The Aristotle complex is not a disorder defined as such in the field of psychology or psychiatry. It is more of a set of characteristics that  the  growing  popular is defined as complex informally. Basically, it is for people who believe they are always right.

The word  complex comes from the Latin root  complexus. It refers to something that is made up of several elements. Similarly, in psychology, a condition in which several personality traits are present at the same time and which cause difficulties for an individual is called complex.

The main characteristic present in a complex is that they are unconscious.  The person does not realize that he is presenting them. And if she notices it, she gives them a different interpretation. She thinks, for example, that it is normal to be like that, or that she has valid and objective reasons for being as she is. Let us see below what precisely the Aristotle complex consists of.

Aristotle a stubborn philosopher

Aristotle is unquestionably one of the greatest philosophers of all time. He lived between 384-322 BC, during Ancient Greece. His ideas and his doctrine are so important that even today they have a great influence  on philosophy and the human and biological sciences.


the Aristotle complex

Aristotle was a pupil of Plato , another great Greek philosophers, father of metaphysics. He followed his teacher wherever he went. He was a brilliant apprentice. Plato always held him in high esteem, until things started to change.

Aristotle gradually moved away from his master as he developed his own philosophical doctrine  and gained notoriety. But that’s not all. Aristotle also began to turn away from his teachings, something Plato never took a dim view.

He said over time that Plato’s approach lacked merit. Many questioned this attitude of Aristotle. For them it was an act of disloyalty and arrogance. It was not that bad, but the philosopher kept this reputation.

Aristotle’s complex

On the basis of these episodes from ancient history, some began to speak of the Aristotle complex. They give this nickname to anyone who believes they are better than others and thinks they are always right. They differentiate it from the superiority complex because the latter is more related to emotions and image, while the Aristotle complex is intellectual in nature.

the Aristotle complex

Those who exhibit the Aristotle complex are obsessed with surpassing others intellectually. They have long arguments, with no other goal than to prove that they are smarter, smarter and more cultured than others. They always put their beliefs to the test by raising controversy, if possible in a public way.

Obviously, whoever presents the Aristotle complex always thinks that he is right. It is not, however, the most important thing for him. What interests him most is to impose his point of view on others. Get others to see him as a particularly intelligent person.

The complexes that lead nowhere

A kind of unsuccessful adolescence is present in the Aristotle complex. It is indeed at this age when it is decisive for a child to put his ideas to the test and, above all, to confront or demonstrate the low validity of what authority figures think in the first place. This process, which is sometimes very annoying for adults, is a way for young people to build and reaffirm their identity.

Ultimately, a deep insecurity  prevails in the adolescent, as in those with the Aristotle complex.  The desire to be right at all costs and to impose one’s views on others is only a sign of doubt. They want to impose other ways of seeing reality because they fear them. They assume to endanger their own perspective, which they find intolerable.

man with Aristotle complex

The Aristotle complex is a problem of self-esteem, or if we prefer, of narcissism. The worth and importance of oneself is oversized, only for the unconscious purpose of balancing a feeling of worthlessness. Like those animals that grow bigger to appear more intimidating when they feel in danger. Either way, this exaggerated narcissism only generates difficulties over time.

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