Five Fields of Striving for Significance
Developed by Henry T. Stein, Ph.D.
Based on the Original Concepts of Anthony Bruck
Copyrighted 1997, Reproduction Prohibited Without Permission
- One of the central ideas in Adlerian Psychology is the individual's striving from a feeling of inferiority toward a feeling of significance.
- The feeling of inferiority can be used as a stimulus for striving or as a felt blockade and an excuse for not striving.
- An individual who feels blocked from achievement in one field may cross over to another field and compensate or over-compensate for his feeling of inferiority.
- This graphic offers a broad simplification of the feeling of inferiority and striving for significance. More detailed information can be found in the distance training courses Basic Theory and Intermediate Theory: Part I
- For a comprehensive overview of Adlerian psychology, read Classical Adlerian Theory and Practice.
|EXAMPLES OF INFERIORITY AND SIGNIFICANCE
||Organ Deficiencies, Physical Handicaps, Deformity, Ugliness, Weakness, Abnormal Height or Weight, Sickness, Severe Hunger or Thirst, Sexual Frustration
||Strength, Beauty, Athletic Ability, Good Health, Sensory Pleasure, Sexual Gratification, Physical Closeness
||Ignorance, Illiteracy, Feeling Stupid, Lack of Skill, Difficulty in Learning, Boredom
|| Knowledge, Understanding, Skill, Artistic Ability, Academic Success, Enjoyment of Music, Art, Drama, and Literature
||Negative Character Traits (Real or Imagined), Feeling or Acting Crazy, Disliked or Hated, Ashamed of Oneself, Feeling Bad or Guilty
||Positive Character traits, Proud of Oneself, Liked by Others, Admired by Others, Loved by Someone, Self-Actualizing
|| Being Alone, Isolated, Being Excluded, Not Invited, Abandoned, Socially Awkward
||Contact With Others, Membership in Organizations, Identifying With Group, Socially Adept, Social Acceptance & Approval
||Poverty, Financial Distress, Underpaid for Work, Loss of Job, Not Keeping Up With Norm, Losing Money
||Good Income, Paid Well for Work, Financial Security, Wealth, Getting a Raise in Salary, Winning the Lottery
(In an attempt to create a clear, simple table, much detail must be excluded. This is a work in progress, and any feedback or suggestions for refinement would be appreciated. Please e-mail your comments to: Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., HTStein@worldnet.att.net ).
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