The Adlerian Theory Essay

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The Adlerian Theory Alfred Adler was the founder of Adlerian Counseling. He was born in 1870 in the country of Austria. who gave his theory the name Individual Psychology, because he wanted people to see that his theory and methods were designed to help clients help themselves. He believed that everyone had and internal need to be a part of society, and a desire to contribute to that society. That everyone strives for perfection, and everyone initially feels inferior to everyone else. He believed that when that feeling is not overcome, inferiority complexes develop, and if a person tries to overcompensate for inferiority, the develop superiority complex. The biggest emphasis Alder placed on his theory was the order in which…show more content…
That middle children may be even-tempered with a "take it or leave it" attitude, that they may have trouble finding a place or become a fighter of injustice. That youngest children wants to be bigger than the others, may have huge plans that never work out, can stay the "baby", and are frequently spoiled. That only children like being the center of adult attention, often have difficulty sharing with siblings and peers, and prefer adult company and the use adult language. His opinion was that a counselor should function primarily as a teacher and model for the client. That they should have a health relationship in which both counselor and client are on equal grounds. The counselors job, according to Adler, was to learn why clients think and behave the way they do; by gathering information about the clients family and their early memories. Then the counselor should share his or her interpretation of the client and try to build a restorative relationship. Adler's goals for the client were to help them develop a healthy, complete lifestyle, and to help them overcome feelings of inferiority. He developed a 12 stage process to help a client reach his or her goals. These stages are: Stage one: the empathy-relationship stage, Stage two: the information stage, Stage three: the clarification stage, Stage four: the encouragement stage, Stage five: the interpretation and recognition stage, Stage six: the knowing stage, Stage seven: the missing experience stage,

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