Alfred Adler: The Psychological Effects Of Superiority

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Alfred Adler, Austrian psychiatrist, was born in February 7, 1870. Adler was the second of seven children. While growing up, Adler suffered from physical ailments which included rickets and pneumonia. True to his theory on birthing order, Alder was always competitive with his older brother. Alfred Adler was already a part of the medical field. He started his medical career as an ophthalmologist and went on at a later date became a general practicnoer. One of the main areas of interest for Alder was the psychological effects of inferiority. This interest became the driving force behind his interest in psychology. In 1902, Adler joined Sigmund Freud’s informal discussion group. Yet, he never saw himself as part of the group collective
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According to Adler, an individual’s private logic is one’s inner voice and justifies one’s style of life. This logic can be both illogical and insane. Next, Adler believes in a universal common sense. This inner voice tells us that people are complex and encourages us to live together peacefully. This is also the internal voice reminds us subtly that relationships take work and suggests that we take responsibility for our actions and not try to deflect blame onto others. Likewise, Adler believes that as individuals we are forward moving, looking towards the future, which he described as teleology. This drive to move forward is fueled by an individual’s strives for perfection. When this drive forward is not impeded, it can lead to uniqueness in character, natural creativity, meaningful connection and …show more content…
This is accomplished by using both empathy and attending skills. In order to cultivate this relationship the environment must be mutually respectful, equal, non-judgement and positive in nature. The therapist encourages the client to become aware of their own worth. In order to do so, the therapist must implement active listening and respect. The therapist must focus on the client’s strengths and resources and discourages client to give in to their fictional beliefs and to focus on progress. This could mean exploring both early recollections and family mapping. Also, to some extent this therapy technique explores dream analysis but, to show new direction or representation for style of life. An assessment is conducted near the early stages of treatment. This assessment helps the therapist and client understand how early experiences and feelings ultimately led the client towards their subjective

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