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The Aristotle Complex: believe better than anyone

Defining complex

The term comes from the Latin complexus complex, which describes that which is composed of several elements. One of its biggest and known uses is in the field of psychology and is often used without much discretion to refer to a personality problem that too often is used so biased, we’ve all heard someone say that of “fulanito has inferiority complex “or similar things when really that’s not what happens. People tend to talk too fast when a problem of this type may be more complex and not fixed only calling complex, redundant.

In the complex psychology it is defined as the set of unconscious feelings, experiences or integrated into a whole experience that amounts to individual experiences. Generally these experiences were experienced in childhood and later influence personality. The concept is used by the different psychological currents but primarily by dynamic and analytical approaches, and even less in cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Carl Gustav Jung was the first to introduce the theory psychoanalyst, defining it as a set of ideas with a very high emotional charge that guides our way of being. Sigmund Freud, said that each person would have their own complexes in some or other measure. Is famous Oedipus and Electra complex, which will discuss another time.

Complex of Aristotle


t is the rebellion of the son against the father, the disciple against the teacher. Aristotle complex is given by the irrational need to impose their own criteria always, always be right at all costs. You can give all ages and is the case of those rebellious children who face their parents or teachers, or adults who act with arrogance over others.

The origin of the name refers to Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), famous and prominent philosopher of ancient Greece disciple of Plato (427-347 B.C.). The student Aristotle believed much higher than his teacher Plato and tried to impose their words and arguments over his experienced teacher. He even came to believe that the philosophical foundations of Plato did not have any foundation, worth of redundancy (again). In fact, when Plato died, Aristotle left Athens, leaving the platonic school and starting his criticism. However, the works of Aristotle were of great importance, considered the father of logic and biology.

However, this obsession to outdo the other and believe better than he is difficult to detect because it is often confused with something very different: healthy self-esteem. That is, having a critical spirit and the need to defend our own views or arguments involves personal courage by which we allow ourselves not get carried away everything they tell us. When we strive obsessively to bring the reason at all costs, it is when the problem occurs. The complex can be transformed into a superiority complex, as well as better believe and be heard trying to silence the opinions of others, overriding our “absolute truth”. This makes you an arrogant, arrogant person, but also self-conscious.

Example of person with complex Aristotle: Sheldon Cooper.

In the fasheldon-cooper-complex-aristotle-the-big-bang-theorymosa TV series “The Big Bang Theory”, one of its protagonists is the fictional character of Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons and has all the earmarks of having complex Aristotle. Sheldon is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and has two doctorates and masters, all these studies above have an egocentric personality that makes him consider themselves intellectually superior to any of the people around him, to the point of assuming that one day win the Nobel Prize. If you have seen the show you know what I mean.

How to remove a complex

Delete a complex task is complex because of its unconscious nature but at least to reduce its effects will be productive to try to follow these simple tips.

  1. Admitting the complex. It’s the hardest thing to do but the most important and first step. Pair the case of complex Aristotle gradually take sometimes others also have the right (even in small things) will reduce the expression of the complex.
  2. Recognize the “red flags”. That is, when you see the expression on your resort has reached a limit and is influencing those around you breathe deeply and think about what you’ve done wrong to hurt others, for the case of complex Aristotle. If you see that you’re alone in a room after releasing some absolutist reasoning perhaps you realize that you can not be good at all.
  3. Put the complex perspective. If Sheldon Cooper would realize that the supreme intelligence does not give absolute happiness and puts in perspective in relation to other causes of happiness, like love, everything changes. In fact, in the series, when Sheldon girlfriend (Amy Farrah Fowler) your perspective on things start changing shows.
  4. Looking for the best in others. Maybe if you’re better on a task that another person, but that person may be better than you in another and you do not realize. For example. Sheldon Cooper can not drive.
  5. Surround yourself with positive people. What would Sheldon Cooper without his trusty roommate and friend Leonard Hofstadter? He wants it as it is and try to help him overcome his personal problems.
  6. Seek professional help. Many resorts have a psychological background that lead fulfilling lives prevent or limit personal growth. A psychologist will help you understand its origins and overcome them to better enjoy the good things that have life.

Do you know someone else who might have complex Aristotle? Beware prejudice!

Iván Pico

Director y creador de Psicólogo Colegiado G-5480 entre otras cosas. Diplomado en Ciencias Empresariales y Máster en Orientación Profesional. Máster en Psicología del Trabajo y Organizaciones. Posgrado en Psicología del Deporte entre otras cosas. Visita la sección "Sobre mí" para saber más. ¿Quieres una consulta personalizada? ¡Escríbeme!

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  • Sí conozco a alguien que tiene complejo de Aristóteles: soy yo. No sabía que se llamaba así pero ya he estado tratando de hacer lo que has sugerido sin saberlo. Desgraciadamente hay muchas personas de mi generación que han sido criadas por madres de este tipo y hemos caído en el error de, para aumentar una autoestima pisoteada, pasarnos al otro extremo. Lo que a mí me ha dado mucho resultado es reconocerlo pero no sólo para mí sino asumir el firme propósito de disculparme puntualmente con las personas involucradas. Al principio se siente humillante, vergonzoso y hasta doloroso, pero hacerlo público sirve como otra “bandera roja” porque así los demás se animarán a decírnoslo la próxima vez (en lugar de evitarnos y huir) lo que reforzará nuestro propósito. Y si somos madres o padres esto es más necesario y urgente aún, no hay nada peor que una madre con complejo de Aristóteles. Gracias, muy buen artículo.

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