By Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC
“I never do anything right.” While this is an overgeneralization with evidence to the contrary, some people actually believe they can’t to do anything right. Perhaps you have a client like this. It is unproductive to argue the specific points of the matter with them because no amount of reason stops the inferiority feeling. What does work is understanding the origin of the thoughts and then rationalizing the emotion.
The fourth stage of Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Development is Industry vs. Inferiority which occurs during the prime school age of six to twelve. During this time, most learning is root memorization and children have an amazing ability to grasp large quantities of information. This is why the show, “Are You Smarted Then a Fifth Grader” is so interesting.