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Adlerian Psychotherapy: An Overview of Theory and Practice
An examination of the Adlerian method of psychotherapy.
# 6555 | 1,500 words | 9 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Jung) , Psychology (Therapies)

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An overview of this psychotherapy method based on the teachings of Alfred Adler. Adler's mantra of understand, interpret and direct explains his direct approach to therapeutic healing. This paper shows how Adler attempted to elaborate and explore the intricacies of individual psychology. Therapeutic work with clients involves short-term and intensive work to increase social interest, to encourage a greater sense of responsibility for behavior, and to support behavioral change.

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"Adlerian Psychotherapy employs a holistic approach to understanding the individual. Adler provides us with an all-encompassing view of the human being, which is a primarily conscious, rather than unconscious creature. Adlerians believe that the most important life problems are social and therefore, the individual must be considered within the social context (Daniels, 1998). Adlerian theory proposes that a human's principle motive in life is to strive for perfection and that his or her opinion of self, and the world, influences all of the individual's psychological processes. "Adlerian counseling seeks to correct mistakes in perception and logic that people make in their effort to fit into social relationships and to overcome feelings of inferiority" (Brown & Srebalus 1998). Once the individual has adopted a "mistaken goal", he or she will formulate other misconceptions to support the "faulty logic" (Brown & Srebalus 1998). Adlerian theory studies the whole person and how that person experiences life."

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