Monday, July 13, 2015

Adlerian Therapy

Adlerian Therapy

Adlerian Concepts

Basic Mistake- faulty, self defeating perceptions attitudes and beliefs, personal myths

Fictional Finalism- imagined central goal that gives direction to behavior and unity

Holism- study of humans as integrated beings

Insight- special form of self awareness

Style of Life- individual’s ways of thinking feeling and acting


  • Inferiority complex- normal feelings of incompetence exaggerated, feeling its impossible and hopeless to reach goals
  • Superiority complex- very high opinion of self, bragging, quick to argues often

Organ Inferiority- everyone is born with some physical weakness, this motivates life choices

Aggression Drive- reaction to perceived helplessness or inferiority, lashing out against the inability to achieve or master

Masculine Protest- kids work to become independent from adults and people in power.

Perfection striving- people who are not neurotically bound to an inferiority complex spend their lives trying to meet fictional goals

  • Elimination of perceived flaws
  • “As if” philosophy
  • Gives motivation and focus

■ Social responsibility and understanding of social issues
o Occupation tasks

  • career
  • self worth

o Societal tasks

  • Creating friendships
  • Social networks

o Love tasks

  • Life partner

■ Positive and Goal Oriented Humanity
o People striving to overcome weakness to function productively
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