Reflections About Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy: Theory, Practice, and Life

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Adlerian Humor: Next Topic for the Family Council

The Socratic Six-year-old

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Social Feeling as a Potential

What we call social feeling in Individual Psychology is the true and inevitable compensation for all our natural weaknesses. Even from the biological standpoint, the human being is clearly a social creature, needing a much longer period of dependence upon others before its maturity than any animal; the human mother is also more dependent before, during, and after giving birth. The high degree of cooperation and social culture which man needs for his very existence demands spontaneous social effort, and the dominant purpose of education is to evoke it. Social feeling is not inborn, but an innate potential which must be consciously developed.

Alfred Adler

(From The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volume 9: "Case Histories".)

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Early Depreciation Tendency

Time for a parent education workshop!

Depreciation Tendency

"The psychological analysis of the neurotic always shows the presence of a depreciation tendency, which is summarily directed against everyone."

"Depreciation can be used to deflate the value of others, thereby achieving a sense of relative superiority through aggressive criticism or subtle solicitude."

Alfred Adler

(From The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler Volume 1, "The Neurotic Character.")

Monday, August 08, 2005

Humor: The Ceaselessness of Striving?

The Triumph of Private Logic.

Goal of Completion

"Plants, animals, and human beings, strive to achieve a goal of completion. This completion involves a feeling of having overcome, a feeling of a plus situation. It can also be characterized, for instance, as a feeling of security, power, superiority, etc. We can distinguish many lines of action, many laws of movement, and each individual displays a unique law of movement because he acts out his goal in a different way. "

Alfred Adler

(From The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volume 8, "Lectures to Physicians & Medical Students.")