Adlerian Theory, Inferiority complex, Superiority complex, Inferiority
Alfred Adler once afflicted with inferiority due to organ inferiority, became the founding father of Individual/Adlerian psychology. Adlerian psychotherapy spans numerous contemporary theories in psychology. Adlerian psychotherapy is a holistic, phenomenological, optimistic and socially entrenched theory, on how everyone interprets themselves and others within the society they live (Maniacci & Sackett-Maniacci, 2019). An overview will be provided of where one of Adler’s most important assumptions, inferiority, fits within the Adlerian theory. Given such, the negative responses to inferiority: inferiority complex and superiority complex will be discussed, followed by socially useful type of inferiority. After that, inferiority as a specific element will be examined in relation to key principles of Adlerian theory. Next, a discussion on the different theoretical underpinnings of Adlerian theory and Freudian theory. Concluding with how Adlerian theory can continue to flourish in the modern social climate.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bradley, Rachel, "Exploring the Inferiority Model in Adlerian Psychotherapy" (2022). Student Works. 332.
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