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Alfred Adler  Basic Human Motivation: Drive for Superiority ,   the  desire for self- improvement, an  “upward drive” for  perfection.   Basic Human Problem: Inferiority Complex extreme feelings of  weakness or inadequacy;  involves an inability to  accept natural limitations. An Inferiority Complex occurs  when the need for self- improvement is blocked .
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Inferiority Feelings and Personality    Feelings of inferiority are a natural part of personality  development. They start in childhood when we  compare ourselves to adults and continue into  adulthood when we discover limitations to our  abilities.     The natural and healthy reaction to inferiority feelings  is  Compensation ,   efforts to overcome real or  imagined inferiority by developing one’s abilities.
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Healthy Versus Unhealthy Processes Healthy Process: Compensation Self -Improvement Unhealthy Process: Compensation
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Unformatted text preview: Inferiority Complex Overcompensation Trying to appear stronger by striving for power, putting other people down, or showing off; hypersensitive about self-esteem. Adler Versus Freud For Freud, a person’s primary motivation was sexual pleasure; people were similar to animals and machines: driven by natural forces with no say in what they did. For Adler, the primary motivation was self-perfection and equality with others; the emphasis was on what made people different from animals and machines: goals, values, free will . "Heredity and environment provide the bricks; the final form of the building is up to us". The building’s form is our Style of Life : the goals we have chosen and the ways we pursue them, our values and priorities, how we see people and events, and our everyday habits....
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2011 for the course PSY 201 taught by Professor Richardkirkmiller during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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