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Running Head: Assignment 1: Reflective Essay1Assignment 1: Reflective Journal Lydia Tesema102544063Submitted as PSY20001 Assignment 1: Reflective journal Due date: 26thAugust 2020 eLA: Martelle Ford Word count: 1643
Reflective Essay2This essay, a reflective journal, will explore my emotional and cognitive journey through the learning of varioustheoretical counselling approaches, as presented to me in this Introductions to Theories of Counselling (PSY20001) unit. This reflective journal will focus on three theoretical perspectives: Adlerian, Existential and Person-centred. As this reflective journal develops, it will bring to surface some of the discrepancies between my preconceived notions about these theories and my subsequent well-informed notions about these theories. Journal entry 1: Adlerian PerspectiveThe limited knowledge that I had of the Adlerian theory stemmed from some brief reading I engaged in on the Psychology Today (Australia) website. I recall passionately disagreeing with the notion that people, beginning from as early as childhood, are driven by a fundamental desire to achieve superiority and eliminate feelings of inferiority. I struggled to accept this notion because from my personal purview, people don’t instinctively desiresuperiority over others but are instead pushed into a culture of it through systems like capitalism and circumstances like disadvantage and discrimination. Hence, I explored this perspective with a particular interestin deepening my understanding of what Adler meant when he discussed the inferiority/superiority complex and the notion that people can be understood according to the goals and/or purpose. During the pre-reading self-inventory, I disagreed immediately with the statement that suggested that people can be understood from the perspective of where they are heading in life and what they desire for themselves. I found this statement to be too absolute in its wording and not considerate enough of the capacity, that I believe exists, to understand a human by looking at their past experiences and desires, whether positive or negative, accomplished or unaccomplished and current or old. Also, the idea that people need to conquer feelings of inferiority and strive for success was bizarre to me. Adler used the sibling relationship to illustrate how the pursuit of superiority can look in action; for example, the middle child might feel pressured into keeping up with the first child while simultaneously working to ensure the third child doesn’t catch up (Corey, 2017). Although I didn’t neglect this notion completely, I struggled to relate having come from a very (positively) affirming household whereby myself and my siblings received equal attention and praise by our parents. I learned that Adler’s ideas about

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