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Lecture 20

Lecture 20

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Persoanlity Lecture 20Alfred AdlerInferiority is the hallmark of human condition all people have this sense of inferiority but people differ in what they feel inferior about and to what extentOrganism inferiorityMasculine Proteststriving for superiorityNeurotic Personality Tension between inferiority and the measures we take to overcome it SuperiorityHas to deal with very intense feelings of inferiorityThey become so selffocused and selfabsorbedThe neurotic person has this STRONG feeling of inferiority and is preoccupied with it Has this tendency to try to protect oneself from threatThey respond differently to threatsVarious strategies that are used to protect selfRationalizing strategiesusing ones own symptoms to explain why they cant face ones life challengesdemanda way of excusing himherself from the challenges of lifeex acneAgressive strategiesdevaluating oneself to gain sympathy from otherblaming others devaluating othersDistancingefforts to restrict ones participation in lifeyou dont have the possibility of failingAll of us have inferiorities though and we have to develop some way of coping with itStyle of Lifecharacteristic way in which we handle cope with and try to overcome the inferiorities in life It is universal to all human beingsThe way to figure out ones style of life is to ask about earliest memoryEarliest memory will reveal of this basic life attitude that is requiredIt reveals the style with which we handle our inferiorityThe memory itself does not matter in terms of content it could be true or mostly fictionalWhat matters is that this is the first thing that comes to mindSo Adlers greatest contribution was the inferiority complexearly sense of powerlessness that later in life gives rise to strivings for superiorityWe all also have an innate social interesta communal aspect to human natureTo have a full understanding we need to understand the ways in which they strive for superiority but also connect with other people
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