Alfred Adler's Development Of Adlerian Art Therapy
When action and progress benefit humankind, they are socially useful. Establishing a sense of belonging through social interest thus is an important part of human development” (Sutherland, Waldman and Collins, p. 69).
In this definition, social interest is not just applied to the individual’s level of approachability in a communal setting; it involves having a purposeful and fulfilling connection to the people around you. Having this connection helps to maintain positive mental health.
In addition to abstaining from physical and emotional isolation, the concept of lifestyle or an individual’s regular pattern when approaching life situations is an integral part of Adler’s ideology. Like Freud, Adler believed that lifestyles developed during the first 6 years of one’s life, however, he did not attribute these changes to psychosexual stages. Instead, the environment in which the child grows up in determines their style of gathering information and applying to everyday life.