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University of Ottawa
Shirley Griffith

PERSONALITY – JAN 22 CHAPTER 4 :ALFREDADLER - 1911 Frist to break w/ Freud  Developped his own society, own journal.  – Individual psych –Adler’s term to describe theory  Feelings of inferiority  Masculine protest  Inferiority complex  Striving for superiority  Superiority complex • Strive for perfection/superiority.Attempt to overcome inferiority complex, method of maintaining self-worth. • Overcompensation with arrogance. (Counter-act feelings of inferiority). o Obnoxious, vain, boastful -> Rejection, leads to feeding inf complex, vicious circle.  Superiority over life’s obstacles, not over people. -  Achievements will help with capacity to overcome inferiority complex. - Social Interest  Innate potential to live in harmony with others and aspire to the development of a perfect society. (Want to be a better person – makes a better society.)  Well-adjusted people will consider the wants/needs of others.  Maladjusted people will strive for personal glory, not caring about other people. - First years of life important to personality development.  Parenting large part of this, not intrinsic derived source.  Pampering might make inferiority complex worse.  Suggests helping child overcome the obstacle themselves, rather than doing it for them.  Neglected children might have trust/intimacy problems as they grow up. - Birth Order theory  Firstborn  Lived as ‘favoured’child for some time, need to deal with not being the sole focus of attention. Can be a rude awakening. Can create tendency of striving for independence (socially oriented) striving to gain status to regain this attention lost within childhood.  Problem children.  Dethroned from a central position, has negative attitudes and feelings toward the second child and a passion for domination, but protective and helpful toward others.  More likely to go to college  Youngest  More pampered, remain the ‘baby’of the family.Abundance of older siblings, strive to succeed in all areas, (obviously cannot do that).  Can be problem children.  Dependent child, robs of independence.  The most pampered (the smallest and the weakest), not unhappy, able to excel over others by being different, often a problem child.  Secondborn children  Born into rivalry and competition. (You can seeAdler’s experience coming into this).  Actively struggling to surpass others, with success related to competition with the firstborn, restless.
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