International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press


Obi Joy Sylvia C. Idigun Ovie B. and Okafor Esther

  •  Received: 28 October 2016
  •  Accepted: 08 April 2019
The study modification of inferiority complex using self management techniques was carried out as individual counselling. The study centered on modification of inferiority complex among adolescents in Enugu East of Enugu State, Nigeria. Specifically, a client who exhibited the highest symptoms of inferiority complex among other adolescents was used as a case study, using behaviour modification techniques in an individual counselling process. The techniques used were self instruction, assertiveness and self monitoring, and such skills like prompting, listening, observation, ego boosting and reassuring were also used. The study was routed in self Monitoring and Adler’s theory of Inferiority complex. The population and sample of the study is one adolescent living in one of the suburbs of Enugu East Local Government Area, being an individual counselling study, only one adolescent was used. The background of the client was taken. The behavioural milieu were observed, to get the base rate of the behaviour, a checklist was developed. The client was trained on how to apply self monitoring in recording the exhibited symptoms. The antecedents and precedents of the client’s behaviour were observed. The client went through the counselling process for six weeks. The symptoms exhibited each week were tabulated and put in graphic forms. The findings at the end of the counselling showed reduction in inferiority complex. The researchers, therefore concluded that inferiority complex can be reduced through self management techniques. It is therefore, recommended that Guidance Counsellors should employ self management techniques in the modification of inferiority complex and its related problems.

Keywords: Inferiority complex, Self Management, Self Monitoring, Individual Counselling and Behaviour Modification