Alfred Adler founded the theory of Individual Psychology where he wanted to understand people. He viewed every individual as unique. Adlerian concepts include: encouragement, goal directed behaviour, holism, a sense belonging, the creative self, lifestyle and mutual respect. The concept of social interest is about a sense of belonging and feeling connected to others which Adler called Gemeinschaftsgefuehl - translated as social interest or social feeling. It is about making a contribution to our community and society.
Alfred Adler was born in Austria on February 7, 1870. He decided to become a doctor after almost dying at a young age of pneumonia. He graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Vienna. Alfred Adler was married Raissa Epstein, and they had four children. He was a physician in the Austrian army, and after the war he opened child guidance clinics in Vienna, Austria. He was a pioneer in community psychology due to his vast attention and work in the community. Alfred Adler was a member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic society along with such members as Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. He believed in the importance of understanding people in their social context such as their families and communities. Alfred Adler died of a heart attack on May 28, 1937 in Aberdeen, Scotland at the age of 67.
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology_ is an organization based on the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler. It was founded on 1952 with a mission of promoting the application, knowledge, research and training of Adlerian Psychology.
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