People are holistic

More Adlerian ideas from Dr.

Wes Wingett

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Here are some thoughts about the fourth of nine principles of Adlerian psychology.
These nine principles are based on my study and personal interpretations of the theory and practice of Adlerian psychology.
Before writing about the fourth principle, here is a synopsis of the first three principles.
The first principle focuses on the social nature of humans and their finding a place of cooperation and contribution in family, school, community, and beyond.
The second principle focuses on personal creativity, self-determination, decision making ability, and ownership of personal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
The third principle focuses on the development of personal strategies for moving through life based on personal perceptions of self, others, events, and the direction deduced from those perceptions about how to go about living in a social setting.
Here is the fourth principle: People are holistic and must be viewed not only through the body-mind connection but also through their cognitions, emotions, and behaviors to understand them and their movement through life.
The fourth principle states: People are holistic and must be viewed not only through the body-mind connection but also through their cognitions, emotions, and behaviors to understand them and their movement through life.
Adler began his meeting with Sigmund Freud and other colleagues in 1902 and left the Freudian group in 1911. Part of the intellectual divorce between Freud and Adler centered on whether human beings could be psychologically divided into three parts, the id, ego, and super-ego as ascertained by Freud or Adler’s ideas that human beings are indivisible, that is, they are whole and need to be viewed as such. Hence, the name of Adler’s psychology is known as Individual Psychology, focusing on the whole and undivided person.
As a child. Alfred Adler had rickets, a vitamin deficiency, that resulted is being able to walk comfortably until age four, he had pneumonia at age 6, and he decided to become a physician at a young age. As a physician he was concerned about the personal perception of physical and other medical challenges faced by individuals and what the individuals thought, felt, and did about their physical challenges or organ inferiorities. Adler’s theory and practice partially focused on how the individual compensated for any physical challenges.
In addition to the personal perception of organ inferiorities, Adlerian psychology is concerned about the attitude and behaviors of others toward individuals diagnosed with a physical or medical challenge. Did others pamper, neglect, pamper and neglect the individual with the physical or medical challenge?
“Trust only movement” is an oft repeated Adlerian adage.
“I will trust the tongue in your shoes not the tongue is your mouth” and “I will trust what you do, not what you say you are going to do” are phrases that focus on movement.
To understand self and others, Adlerian focus on the direction, speed, and goal or purpose of individuals.
Where is the individual going? What is the speed of the movement? What is the goal of the behavior?
People are holistic

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