“the Strengths and Weakness of Adlerian Therapy Essay

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The strengths and weakness of Adlerian Therapy
Shane Wilson
Rio Salado Collage

Adlerian Therapy, which is based on the theory’s of Alfred Adler, points to the essence of normality as having a feeling of concern for others and places emphasis on social interests, the family dynamic, and ones influence based on early memories in life. Adler also placed emphasis on the order of one’s birth within the family such as whether one was the first, second, last, or only child born. His approach was centered on such subjects as lifestyle, beliefs and fictions, psychological environment and a person’s approach toward there striving for completeness and wholeness.

With the goals of Adlerian counseling revolving around helping people develop
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Adler left us with a contribution of ideas and vocabulary. Adler was a very proficient writer and speaker, but in some ways he failed to be recognized for many of his concepts and terms such as; inferiority complex, empathy, and lifestyle. This lack of reorganization is due partially to the fact that these terms were quickly absorbed into the main stream vocabulary. Although Adlerian counseling has been used for many years, it is not without its weaknesses and limitations. Adlerian therapy lacks a strong supportive research base. There is a lack of clear and solid proof regarding the effectiveness of Adlerian counseling. Adler was also very vague in his approach on how to work with clients as well as the use of his general approach to therapy. His approach is continually being clarified by many who have studied and use Adlerian therapy, but many of his concepts and ideas still remain unclear. Additionally, many view Alders approach as being overly optimistic about the human nature. Some feel that Alder’s methods exclude the use and view of the unconscious mind. This is in regard to the powerful effect that many believe the unconscious plays on the mind beyond ones social cooperation and interests.

Another possible limiting factor is its view of the family structure and how this may not fit into some cultural views. This is in regard to the Adlerian theory’s that suggest the importance of birth order and the family environment. The

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