Individual psychology is the psychological method or science founded by the Viennese psychiatrist Alfred Adler. (...)
individual psychology [¦in·də¦vij·ə·wəl sī′käl·ə·jē](psychology)
A system of psychology in which traits of an individual are compared in terms of striving for superiority and then restated in the form of a composite of this single tendency.
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Individual Psychology one of the currents in depth psychology, based on the theories of the Austrian psychologist A. Adler. (...)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979).
- A theory of human behavior emphasizing the drive to overcome feelings of inferiority by compensation and the need to achieve personal goals that have value for society.
A theory of human behaviour emphasizing humans' social nature, strivings for mastery, and drive to overcome, by compensation, feelings of inferiority.
Synonyms: adlerian psychoanalysis, adlerian psychology.
individual psychology the psychiatric theory of Alfred Adler, stressing compensation and overcompensation for feelings of inferiority and the interpersonal nature of a person's problems.
in·di·vid·u·al psy·chol·o·gya theory of human behavior emphasizing humans' social nature, strivings for mastery, and drive to overcome, by compensation, feelings of inferiority.
Synonym(s): adlerian psychoanalysis, adlerian psychology.
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individual psychologya modified system of psychoanalysis, developed by Alfred Adler, that views maladaptive behavior and personality disorders as resulting from a conflict between the desire to dominate and feelings of inferiority. See also adlerian psychology, inferiority complex.
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individual psychologyPsychiatry A system of psychiatric theory, research, and therapy that stresses compensation and overcompensation for inferiority feelings. See Complex.
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