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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or being a psychological school based on the belief that behavior arises in subconscious efforts to compensate for inferiority and that psychological illness results from overcompensation for the perceived inferiority.

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  • adj. Of or relating to Alfred Adler (1870–1937), Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology.

Etymologies

After Alfred Adler.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Adler +‎ -ian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This eclectic foundation serves to act as a catalyst to increase the effectiveness of whatever primary therapy the reader is using such as Adlerian, analytic, cognitive behavioral, eclectic, Gestalt, Jungian, Rational-Emotive,

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  • Using a unique combination of Freudian, Adlerian and Primal Scream approaches, Dr. Schwartzbloom pits as many as eight therapy groups against one another in a no-holds-barred collision of id and ego.

    Paul Greenberg: Tips for Tougher Times

  • McCready went on to study Adlerian psychology and create online parenting education programs to help parents break out of the reactive power struggles she once found herself in.

    Lisa Earle McLeod: The One Thing Exceptional Leaders and Parents Do Differently

  • Adlerian, did you know about Norman Spinrad's book The Iron Dream?

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  • * Classic Adlerian psychology, named for Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, describes this favorably as “the unity of personality.”

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  • This was an explicit repudiation of Freudian and Adlerian psychoanalysis, which held on the contrary that either the “pleasure principle” (or will to pleasure) or the “will to power” (or the striving for superiority) are at bottom of human conduct.

    The quantification dodge

  • When i was about 20 i came up with my own Adlerian system, in which all human relations could be compressed to the hunger for power. i was, at the time, surrounded by people whose primary motivation was a very crude sort of power, over other people.

    The desire machines

  • In essence, then, Adlerian psychotherapy is best suited for extroverted clients who make sense of their world through relationships and interpersonal experience, while existential psychotherapies might be better suited for those who are introverted and make sense of their world through self-reflection and intrapersonal experience.

    Individual Psychology versus Existential Psychology: A Typology Approach

  • However, based on what has been presented above, it can be said that the Adlerian approach will be more concerned with the socio-emotional line of development in the client while the existential approach will be more concerned with the intrapersonal/cognitive developmental line of the client.

    Individual Psychology versus Existential Psychology: A Typology Approach

  • In the deeper 12-stage model of Adlerian therapy, “role-play, guided imagery, or eidetic imagery” can be used to reprogram the faulty imprinting acquired in childhood Stein & Edwards, 1998, ¶ 55.

    Individual Psychology versus Existential Psychology: A Typology Approach

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