Monday, October 6, 2014

Adlerian Therapy Social Interest

Adlerian Therapy 

Social Interest

■ Adler’s most significant and distinctive concept.
■ Refers to an individual’s attitude toward and awareness of being part of the human community.
■ Mental health is measured by the degree to which we successfully share with others and are concerned with their welfare.
■ Happiness and success are largely related to social connectedness.

Role of Birth Order Psychological Positions

■ Motivates later behavior.
■ First born/ Oldest o Favored pseudo-parents, high achievers

  • o Receives more attention, spoiled

■ Second born

  • o Rivalry and competition
  • o Behaves a in a race, often opposite first child

■ Middle Child

  • o Often feels squeezed out

■ Last born

  • o More pampered, “baby,” creative, rebellious, revolutionary, avant-garde

■ Only Child

  • o Does not learn to share or cooperate with other children
  • o Learns to deal with adults


■ Encouragement is the most powerful method available for changing a person’s beliefs
■ Helps build self-confidence and stimulates courage
■ Discouragement is the basic condition that prevents people from functioning
■ Clients are encouraged to recognize that they have he power to choose and act differently

5 Basic Tasks

■ Acceptance
■ Achieving Intimacy
■ Work
■ Spiritual Dimension
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