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Thursday, August 11, 2005

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.")