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Key Concepts of Adlerian Theory and Therapy

The main concepts of Adler's theory are social interest, holism, lifestyle, goals or directionality and equality.

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Individual psychology is the name of the school of personality theory and psychotherapy developed by Alfred Adler (1870-1937), a Viennese general practice physician turned psychiatrist. Individual psychology is the personality theory that was developed by Adler after he broke from Freudian psychoanalytical ideas. The main concepts of Adler's theory are social interest, holism, lifestyle, goals or directionality and equality. Adler emphasized the importance of childhood inferiority feelings and stressed psychosocial rather than psychosexual development. According to Adler, all people develop a feeling of inferiority. First of all, they are born children in an adult world and realize that they have smaller and weaker bodies, less knowledge, and virtually no privileges. Then people start to compare themselves and realize that there are other people their own age who are better athletes, better scholars, more popular, more artistically talented, wealthier, more socially privileged, more physically attractive, or simply luckier. If one allows the perception of one's own self-worth ...

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Individual psychology is the personality theory that was developed by Adler after he broke from Freudian psychoanalytical ideas.

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