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Running head: ADLERIAN THERAPY1Theory Analysis and Evaluation 1COUN 5239- Theories of PsychotherapyDr. Kathy Blaydes
ADLERIAN THERAPY2Adlerian TherapyTheory of OriginAlfred Alder established Adlerian theory in the early 1900’s after working with Freud andJung to initial the development of the psychodynamic approach therapy (Corey, 2017). Alder’s theory is also known as Individual Psychology. The developed this theory is directly connected to certain childhood experiences in Alder life. Alder considered an individual’s past and interpretation of their earliest memories to be an influence on how they perceive their present behavior. He believed that humans are motivated primarily driven social standards and that behavior is purposeful and goal-directed; and consciousness, more than unconsciousness” (Corey, 2017). He stressed the unity and indivisibility of an individual and the need to understand them as a whole and the social context of their life. Alder emphasizes that where an individual comes from is not as important as where they are striving to go. Individuals create themselves rather than merely being shaped by their childhood experiences. Alder theory stresseschoice and responsibility, meaning of life, and striving for success to bring about positive changein an individual’s life.