The Practice and Theory of Individual Psychology (Revised Edition)
The Practice and Theory of Individual Psychology is awork on psychology by Alfred Adler, first published in 1924. In hiswork, Adler develops his personality theory, suggesting that thesituation into which a person is born, such as family size, sex ofsiblings, and birth order, plays an important part in personalitydevelopment. Adler is among the many therapists who have noted thesignificance and impact of the relationship between attitudestowards oneself and others, and highlighting the relationshipbetween regard for self and love of another. Adler claimed that thetendency to disparage others arises out of feelings of inferiority.Adler also describes the self as part of a reflection of thethoughts of others, seeing self-esteem as determined, in part, byfeelings toward significant others. According to Adler, people areinherently motivated to engage in social activities, relate toother people, and acquire a style of life that is fundamentallysocial in nature.