Alfred Adler

Psychologist, Author

1870 – 1937

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Who was Alfred Adler?

Alfred W. Adler was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority—the inferiority complex—is recognized as isolating an element which plays a key role in personality development. Alfred Adler considered human beings as an individual whole, therefore he called his psychology "Individual Psychology".

Adler was the first to emphasize the importance of the social element in the re-adjustment process of the individual and who carried psychiatry into the community.

Famous Quotes:

  • Whenever a child lies you will find a severe parent. A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt to be dangerous.
  • There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.
  • To be human means to feel inferior.
  • We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
  • Man know much more than he understands.
  • Man knows more than he understands.
  • The feeling of inferiority rules the mental life and can be clearly recognized in the sense of incompleteness and unfulfillment, and in the uninterrupted struggle both of individuals and humanity.
  • The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, for the truth.
  • Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
  • The test of one's behavior pattern; relationship to society, relationship to one's work, relationship to sex.

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Feb 7, 1870
  • Judaism
  • Austria
  • University of Vienna
May 28, 1937

on July 23, 2013


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