Excerpt About Grandiose Self

Denial of the State of Inadequacy

One of the main ego defenses against the state of inadequacy is that of grandiosity, as we discussed at the beginning of this chapter. One comes to believe, and to behave as if, one has no such inadequacy. The defense is not only that one is not inadequate, but that one is the best, strongest, most able. One feels one can do anything. This defense is a complete denial of the state of inadequacy through a reaction formation, which is usually called the grandiose self, or a grandiose belief about one’s omnipotence. In most individuals, this defense is unconscious, and one must look with a discerning eye to see it in operation in one’s life. But it always comes to the foreground when the state of inadequacy is pushing towards consciousness.

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