The Effects Of Social Interest On Children

764 WordsJul 22, 20154 Pages
According to Adler, people act with purpose towards a goal and behave in ways that provide feelings of perfection (Henderson & Thompson, 2011). Further, he theorized that all people to some extent have feelings of inferiority because of the helplessness of being a baby and young child, dependent on parents. As children grow, learn more skills, make conclusions based on family information, and ways to compensate, children gain their own independence and information to help them cope with the world around them (Henderson & Thompson, 2011). Adler also focused on the importance of social interest, and that parents should teach their children about social interest in order to contribute to others and society (Henderson & Thompson, 2011). In the Adlerian approach, the family constellation is important because it looks at the family dynamics and the child’s place within the family context (Henderson & Thompson, 2011). While there are some birth order characteristics that can be helpful to understand, it is more of a generalization, and cannot specifically be applied to every person in a particular birth order (Henderson & Thompson, 2011). According to Henderson and Thompson (2011), some characteristics that can affect the child’s recognition of their role in the family include parents having a favorite child, stepparents living in the home, single-parent homes, and blended families. Therefore, counselors should understand the family dynamics, how the child fits into the family,
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