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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.]
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(Psychiatry) of or relating to Alfred Adler or his ideas
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(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.
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[ˌædˈlɪərɪən] ADJ (Psych) → adleriano
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Adlerians have a very compassionate approach to suffering that emphasizes helping people find their way to living a meaningful life with healthy relationships.
Discuss Adler's and Adlerians' emphasis on social embeddedness and social equality issues:
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.
As far as the present writer is concerned the most lasting influence which emanated from this background was perhaps - apart from the generally stimulating climate of an active cultural life (which had to compete with the allurements of sports and entertainment) - the intensive and often bitter discussions between Freudians and Adlerians. Without becoming a fervent partisan of one side or the other (as was the fashion at the time) there grew an interest in the complexities of human behavior and the intricacies of psychological motives.
The first factor, the Creative Self, is composed of what Adlerians would consider to be coping skills for daily living: Problem Solving and Creativity, Sense of Control, Emotional Awareness and Coping, Sense of Humor, and Work.
Mother or Father?"; while Mosak and Shulman's (1988) Lifestyle Inventory asks, "Which of your parents was your personal favorite?" In addition, the AAI asks for childhood memories "as far back as you remember," which is the same as many early recollection techniques used by Adlerians. It seems that information that allows attachment theorists to assign an attachment classification to an individual is similar to information used by Adlerians to uncover an individual's style of life.
Adlerians see human beings as oriented toward growth so that healthy human beings manage to integrate personal efficacy with social interest.
Every major personality approach to counseling and psychotherapy has incorporated Adlerian principles and techniques into its system.
Overall, it seems that the central principles that define attachment style are similar to the core elements of the Adlerian concept of lifestyle (Peluso, Peluso, White, et al., 2004).