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Of or being a psychological school based on the belief that behavior arises in subconscious efforts to compensate for inferiority and that psychological illness results from overcompensation for the perceived inferiority.

[After Alfred Adler.]


(Psychiatry) of or relating to Alfred Adler or his ideas


(ædˈlɪər i ən)

of or pertaining to Alfred Adler or his theories, esp. the belief that behavior is determined by compensation for feelings of inferiority.


[ˌædˈlɪərɪən] ADJ (Psych) → adleriano
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Adlerians also use psychoeducation to teach clients about Adlerian concepts, including mistaken beliefs, feelings of inferiority, social interest, and so on (Carlson et al.
Adlerians have a very compassionate approach to suffering that emphasizes helping people find their way to living a meaningful life with healthy relationships.
Without a doubt, "acting as if," which the Adlerians promote, has led me to even more positive choices with subsequent positive reinforcement leading me to do it again.
Success in psychotherapy by Adlerians requires motivation modification.
Adlerians believe the lifestyle is unique for each individual; however, lifestyles often cluster around various behavioral tendencies or patterns (Mosak & Maniacci, 2000).
While Jewish practitioners and patients were banished in 1938, psychoanalysis was one of the three "schools" of psychotherapy, along with the Adlerians and Jungians, that were represented in the membership of the new institute.
Adlerians work to help clients recognize patterns in their lives, thereby making it possible for people to change previously damaging behavior.
Manaster and Corsini (1982) stated that Adlerians generally equate social interest with positive mental health.
For example, just as attachment styles are thought to remain consistent from childhood into adulthood (Fraley & Shaver, 2000), Adlerians believe that lifestyle is a set of self-governing strategies for maneuvering through life that evolve early in childhood and remain stable throughout the life span.
This has led many who might have had a dialogue with Adlerians to dismiss them, or ignore them outright, which created a lack of recognition of Adler's theory by other theorists who followed.
Adlerians believe that all persons are confronted with five major life tasks: work, friendship, love, self, and spirit (Sweeney, 1998a).
Although many Adlerians have created their own unique interview protocol, each follows a similar structure (Eckstein & Baruth, 1996; Kern, 1988; Mosak & Shulman, 1988; Walton, 1998).