Applying Alfred Adler's Personality Theory to George W Bush Essay

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When choosing a “famous” person on which to do my research proposal on I decided on one of my favorite presidents in my time. George W. Bush seemed to be the most “real” president we have had in office since the 90’s. Next, I chose Adler’s theory to apply to Bush do to the fact that is the theorist that most closely applied to Bush’s life. Let ‘s start with some back ground about George W. Bush and then apply Adler’s theory. George W Bush was born on July 6, 1946. He was born in New Haven Connecticut where his father was attending Yale University. George’s father had served in World War II as a Navy pilot ; he was using his GI bill like many other veterans to get back into the flow of civilian life. (Wade, 1999) After his father…show more content…
He became governor of Texas in 1994. In 1999 first governor to re –elected for a four year term. He became the 43rd president of the United States on January 20, 2001. (Wade, 1999)
Now on to how Alder applies to George W Bush’s life. First let’s start with the where bush stands in his family constellation. He is the first born of six children. (Wade, 1999) According to Adler prediction the first child is the “problem child.” First born children are achievement orientated and feel entitled to rank. Since they were born first they always prefer to be on top. (Frager&Fadiman, 2013)According to research done parents are more anxious with their first born and therefore push them harder then any of their other children. Research also shows that many first born’s are type A personalities. (Frager&Fadiman, 2013) He tried hard all his life to stay on top in his parents eyes. George has always been an achiever. When he was young he attended Camp Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country. (Wade, 1999) Even at Camp he received the highest honor by receiving the Campfire Lighter Award. You can only receive it once and you receive it by being an outstanding camper. (Wade, 1999)Since his was young George has followed in his father’s footsteps. He chose the same prep school his father, Phillips Academy in Massachusetts. Both him and his father attended Yale University. (Wade, 1999) He later attended Harvard to get his masters

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