What’s an individuality complex?
An individuality complex could be a serious mental condition that manifests in disorders such as schizophrenia and may require medication. It can also be something less severe, which if left untreated could progress into the former. Symptoms are manifold and only those most relevant to this discussion will be highlighted. Examples of symptoms include paranoia of invisibility, delusions in which the individual believes they have beneficial powers or feels they have supernatural forces at their disposal, an exaggerated sense of self-importance (grandiosity) that doesn’t seem rational when you take it from many angles or viewpoints (see next paragraph), high sensitivity to criticism such that opinions people usually disregard become hurtful threats instead, especially when combined with entitlement and contempt for others who don’t share one’s same abilities, and a constant need for validation. This last symptom can manifest in many ways: profound concern with how other people perceive them, excessive self-consciousness and deliberate attention-seeking behaviors such as excessively drawing attention to oneself (e.g., dressing differently from those around you), using social media as an outlet for incessant rants about one’s own life, and expected appointments with friends to discuss personal experiences.