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the science dealing with the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to human and animal behavior. adj., adj psycholog´ic, psycholog´ical.
analytic psychology (analytical psychology) the system of psychology founded by Carl Gustav Jung, based on the concepts of the collective unconscious and the complex.
clinical psychology the use of psychologic knowledge and techniques in the treatment of persons with emotional difficulties.
community psychology the application of psychological principles to the study and support of the mental health of individuals in their social sphere.
criminal psychology the study of the mentality, the motivation, and the social behavior of criminals.
depth psychology the study of unconscious mental processes.
developmental psychology the study of changes in behavior that occur with age.
dynamic psychology psychology stressing the causes and motivations for behavior.
environmental psychology study of the effects of the physical and social environment on behavior.
experimental psychology the study of the mind and mental operations by the use of experimental methods.
forensic psychology psychology dealing with the legal aspects of behavior and mental disorders.
gestalt psychology gestaltism; the theory that the objects of mind, as immediately presented to direct experience, come as complete unanalyzable wholes or forms that cannot be split into parts.
individual psychology the psychiatric theory of Alfred adler, stressing compensation and overcompensation for feelings of inferiority and the interpersonal nature of a person's problems.
physiologic psychology (physiological psychology) the branch of psychology that studies the relationship between physiologic and psychologic processes.
social psychology psychology that focuses on social interaction, on the ways in which actions of others influence the behavior of an individual.
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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.
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individual psychology

Psychiatry A system of psychiatric theory, research, and therapy that stresses compensation and overcompensation for inferiority feelings. See Complex.
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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.
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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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Individual Psychology: Journal of Adlerian Theory, Research & Practice.
It is curious that such a philosopher as Nietzsche should have influenced the Jewish Social Democrat Adler, whose 'Individual Psychology' was very popular with 'Austrian Social Democracy'.
Ansbacher (Eds.), The individual psychology of Alfred Adler: A systematic presentation in selections from his writings (pp.
Religion und Individualpsychologie: Eine prinzipielle Auseinandersetzung uber Menschenfuhrung [Religion and individual psychology: A fundamental argument concerning human guidance.] Vienna: Passer.
Individual psychology plays a limited role in finance theory, which assumes that individuals maximize expected utility, with expectations derived using the rules of probability and statistics.
In 1392, Guido di Tommaso Deti confided to the Florentine notary Ser Lapo Mazzei that their mutual acquaintance, the childless silk merchant Francesco Datini, "has [by building] given himself a child and a posthumous memorial." At first glance, Guido di Tommaso Deti's observation seems to bristle with profound insight into Francesco Datini's individual psychology. With the publication of the above volume of essays, collected and presumably expanded from a conference that took place in London in 1996, it is now clear that Deti's acute observation has much less to do with Datini's individual psychology and much mote to do with a generalized cultural obsession in Renaissance Florence with lineage and memory.
experience at integrating individual psychology, family theory, systems
Indeed, how we perceive risk for any given hazard is a function of our own individual psychology as well as our social, cultural, and political contexts.
Theoretically, leading Dutch educationalists showed a clear-cut disapproval of Freudianism, because of its "pansexualism." [57] They preferred the most conformist of neo-Freudian heterodoxies, [58] Alfred Adler's individual psychology, which in a sense upheld the notion of an autonomous individual, to Freud's iconoclasm toward so many standards of nineteenth century liberalism.
At any rate, Invisible Man is stronger for not being so explicitly patriotic, however much it may participate in New Liberal anticommunism.) Third, Ellison, like Hegel, tends to psychologize history, whereas the Brotherhood (in keeping with the materialist traditions of Marxist philosophy) prefers to historicize (if not entirely to ignore) individual psychology. The "conflicts of the human heart" matter to Ellison, where as Jack doesn't care what Invisible Man might "wish" once his role in history has been ordained.
Adler's theory of individual psychology provides a holistic and systemic framework from which to investigate the interplay between personality and stress-coping resources (Kern, Gfroerer, Summers, Curlette, & Matheny, 1996).
Alfred Adler (1870-1937), an Austrian psychiatrist who introduced the psychological/therapeutic model, "Individual Psychology," highlighted the importance of birth order positions in understanding the personality traits of children.

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