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The Psychology Of Superiority

“Every man’s home is his castle”

“The root of superiority is found in inferiority” FeatherLeaf

What is the drive to be number one? How does one measure supremacy? Why have so many sought to conquer the world when they could not control even self? 

Profit Charts photoThe first thing about superiority is that it is rooted in materialism. That is in material wealth, possessions, arbitrary ratings, rank, number of sexual conquests, and so forth. For example in academia the goal is not to garner the most knowledge but to attain the highest grade. Material wealth in this society is measured by money. People who strive to be ‘superior’ dedicate their whole lives to these artificial man made systems.

For example the whole Puritan, health and wealth teachings. That is if one has favor with God it would be shown in an abundance of material possessions. But even a superficial reading of the New Testament will see Christ condemning materialism. After all you cannot serve both God and mammon and the love of money is the root of all evil. So what the Puritans do, alike with many other ‘Christian’ groups is pervert to gospel of Jesus Christ to serve their own selfish desires.

It is taught that in 1492 discovered the ‘new world’. There is an ingrained arrogance in this statement that the indoctrinated do not even recognize. Not only was Columbus not the first to reach the lands he sailed to but they were populated by a healthy and thriving society. Christopher Columbus in fact discovered a functioning Utopia. What Columbus did was that he enslaved the people and exploited them to attain the gold he coveted.

In today’s society there is a very unhealthy group of people who focus on materialistic gain. A quick and honest examination of these people expose their folly. At the upper echelon of this group you find people with more material wealth than they could ever spend or use in a life time. Yet like a sick junkie needing another fix of heroin, these people desire more and more. So much so that these Wizards of Wall Street will sacrifice the well being of the world in general. That is they will suck the pittance out of the poor for their increased luxury.

The emphasis of winning is a symptom of superiority. There is nothing wrong with one trying to achieve and do their best. There is much positive to say about being competitive. However when the desire to be on top leads to a moral breakdown, than the line is clearly crossed. For example in the Super Bowl when Tom Brady deflated his footballs to gain an unfair advantage. His coveting of winning trumped his morals of playing the game fairly. When he boasts about his ‘victory’ he is living a lie.

In the United States we can see this moral breakdown in the policies of our government towards the Native Americans. The United States had their goal of conquering all the land and dispelling the Natives. They called their desire “Manifest Destiny.” This brings about another aspect of superiority which is that it is not honest in any way or fashion. Man has a natural drive to be moral. “Manifest Destiny” is nothing more than a policy of genocide against the Native Americans. Yet the United States could not speak honestly about their evil intent because they want to shun both evil and the appearance of evil. In their barbarous conquest of “America” the United States made over five hundred treaties with the Native Americans. One hundred percent of which the United States has broken flagrantly.

Perhaps the worst aspect of superiority is that such a person will never be satisfied with being number two. The goal is to be on top and nothing else will do. Thus wars like World War 1 take place. A war of Imperialist powers fighting each other for the dominance of the afflicted.

True superiority comes only on the inside. With the quiet assurance that you are a decent person that is exemplified in the kind deeds of your existence.

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The Psychology Of Superiority

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Psychology Of Superiority. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2018, from


Last updated: 29 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Jan 2018
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