adlerian psychology


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in·di·vid·u·al psy·chol·o·gy

a theory of human behavior emphasizing humans' social nature, strivings for mastery, and drive to overcome, by compensation, feelings of inferiority.

adlerian psychology

Etymology: Alfred Adler, Viennese psychiatrist, 1870-1937
a branch of psychoanalysis that focuses on physical security, sexual satisfaction, and social integration. See also individual psychology.

ad·le·ri·an psy·chol·o·gy

(ad-ler'ē-ĕn sī-kol'ŏ-jē)
Psychotherapeutic technique based on the theory that the major issues to be resolved during life involve social adjustments, occupations, and love. Major distinguishing tenet is that neurosis results from a feeling of inferiority that arises when the drive for superiority is frustrated.
Synonym(s): individual psychology.

Adler,

Alfred, Austrian psychiatrist, 1870-1937.
adlerian psychoanalysis - a theory of human behavior emphasizing humans' social nature, strivings for mastery, and drive to overcome, by compensation, feelings of inferiority. Synonym(s): individual psychology; adlerian psychology
adlerian psychology - Synonym(s): adlerian psychoanalysis
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A Viennese contemporary of Sigmund Freud's, Alfred Adler introduced his theory of Individual psychology in the early 1900s (Manaster & Corsini, 1982), known today as Adlerian psychology.
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The construct, Gemeinschaftgefuhl or "social interest," is at the heart of Adlerian psychology and is widely considered the central concept of Adlerian theory (Ansbacher & Ansbacher, 1956).