Myth and Narrative Continued –
Inferiority is hallmark of human condition from Adler’s point of view, about what and to
what extent? Everyone has feeling of inferiority about something. Tension between innate
feeling of inferiority and compensatory behaviours we use to overcome feelings of
For Adler, neurotic personality has to deal with intense feelings of inferiority, so intense
that they are expected to become extremely self focused or self-absorbed. Can be
characterized in the ways in which they handle and respond to threats of self worth.
Rationalizing – tactical use of one’s symptoms to explain why one cannot face life’s
demands, used to excuse one from not having things such as stable employment or
Aggressive – include things such as devaluing others when compared to oneself, blaming
others, or oneself in order to attract attention/sympathy from others.
Distancing – similar to rationalizing, involve efforts to restrict one’s participation in one’s
life therefore limiting opportunities of failure.
These are the safeguarding strategies that are hallmark of safeguarding strategy. All of
us have our own feeling of inferiority and all of us must come to terms with that. We all
have to interpret our inferiority and develop some characteristic way of dealing, coping,
and overcoming that feeling. We are negotiating relationship with feeling of inferiority we
Earliest Memories and Style of Life -
Style of life – not specific to neurotic person, all of us have style of life it is the
characteristic way we strive, handle, cope with and overcome the things we feel inferior
When asked what the earliest memory they remember is it will represent the style of life
the person has accepted for himself or herself. Notion is that the true value of these
earliest memories are not in their factual content, doesn’t matter if it is real or construed
but what matters is this is the first thing you say when asked what is the first thing you
Critical Adlerian idea is that of inferiority and we remember him best by coining the
phrase inferiority complex – refers to early sense of powerless that we presumably all
Jung’s Analytical Psychology
Jung had way of showing how science and faith can meet.
Attitudes and functions