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Much like Freud, Alfred Adler believed that childhood events are pivotal for the
adult. For Adler, his pivotal childhood events were the development of rickets
which kept him from walking until the age of four and contracting a near-fatal
case of pneumonia at age five. These events served to inculcate a lifelong
ambition which centered around his becoming a physician in order to focus on the
curing of deadly diseases. According to Alfred Adler, all people have moments when they feel
inferior. For many, such moments will lead them to strive to compensate for that
weakness. When this happens, it leads to what he calls “superiority striving,”
in which the person is motivated by his or her feelings of inferiority to
overcome and strive for betterment, achievement, and perfection.


It is important to note that superiority striving is different
from simply striving for power. Adler considered this an unhealthy desire
because the sole goal is power. The way that someone strives to meet his or her
goals from an Adlerian point of view is referred to as a style of life.


Adler is also known for his study of birth order and its impact on
Research Adler’s theory using your textbook, the Internet, and
the Argosy University online library resources. Based on your research, respond
to the following:

  • Choose a social or political leader (current or past) to examine through an
    Adlerian framework of superiority striving and style of life.

    • Superiority Striving

      • What might be the motivation behind this leader’s career choice, according
        to Adler’s theory? What was this person’s perceived inferiority or weakness? How
        did this person obtain his or her high level of superiority striving? For
        example, Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio may have been responsible for some
        of his motivation.
    • Style of Life

      • What was his/her goal and unique style of life that could be used to achieve
        this goal? What steps did this person take to overcome their perceived
      • Did this leader act out of social interest or for personal gain? What was
        the long-term outcome of his/her striving?
    • Birth Order

      • How would you apply Adler’s theory of birth order to this personality?



Identified a socio-political leader and evaluated the leader’s motivation for
superiority striving.

Analyzed the leader’s style of life by identifying his/her goals, achievements,
actions, anApplied Alder’s theory of birth order to the leader’s personality development. d goals and discussed the long-term outcomes of these.

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical
scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed
accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Format your paper so it is double-spaced, in 12-point Times New
Roman font, and with normal one-inch margins. Include a title page with a
running head, an abstract, and a reference page. Do this for all the papers for
this course.


Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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