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Theories of Individual and Interpersonal Psychology

Compare and contrast Adler's individual theory and SUllivan's interpersonal theory
- their assumptions
- deterministic versus free will
- awareness of self (conscious versus unconsciousness motives for behavior)

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Adler's individual theory and Harry Stack Sullivan interpersonal theory

Compare and contrast Adler's individual theory and Sullivan's interpersonal theory

Alder's individual psychology held that the primary source of human motivation is a striving for superiority. Sullivan applied his theory of interpersonal psychology that focused on locating the causes of mental illness in a patient's failure in interpersonal relationships.

? Assumptions

Based on Alder's assumptions, when individuals in early childhood don't feel a sense of belonging as an equal member of the family, he or she can develop psychological problems. On the other hand, when a person experiences a sense of belonging, he contributes to the human community. Alder held that individuals had a striving for improvement, and to master life challenges. Sullivan believed that the failures of individuals occurred ...

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This solution compares and contrasts the individual psychology of Alfred Adler and the interpersonal theory of Harry Sullivan.