Describe a Mentally Healthy Person, According to Adler. Essay

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Theresa Byers, SID# 55876
PSY 380 PERSONALITY THEORIES

3). Describe a mentally healthy personality, according to Adler.

Most of society thinks that a mentally healthy person is a person with a sound sense of self and someone who functions on a daily basis within the community without problems of any signs of a mental illness. For Adler, psychological health is determined by the level of social contribution beneficial to the greater community, to the degree, that one integrates and furthers the social context, thus the measurement of his or her mental health. Named after Alfred Adler, Adlerian theory primarily emphasizes concepts pertaining to inferiority and superiority, styles of life, family constellation and birth order, and
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The getting types are reliant on others. Cloninger (2008) reports “they adopt a passive, rather than active, attitude toward life, and they may become depressed”. The avoiding types are just as they are named, avoidant. They do not deal with problems. “The avoiding type tends to be isolated and may strike others as cold” (Cloninger, 2008). All three of these mistaken styles of life are maladaptive, which do not help with a healthy personality. Lastly is the healthy style of life according to Adler is socially useful type which is adaptive. “To be characterized, a person must act in ways beneficial to others” (Cloninger, 2008). Adler put artists and poets in this category. “They have taught us how to see, how to think, and how to feel” (Cloninger, 2008). Next is the development of a person’s personality. It starts with parental behavior with a pampered child or a neglected child. A child begins in a weak position, which is where the parents come in a play a big role in the child’s life. “Parents can help or hinder

Theresa Byers, SID# 55876
PSY 380 PERSONALITY THEORIES

3). Describe a mentally healthy personality, according to Adler.

the development of a healthy lifestyle” (Cloninger, 2008). “Adler’s most critical remarks were directed toward parental pampering” (Cloninger, 2008). A child that is treated by

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