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The Concept of Lifestyle in Adler’s Theory of Personality

Adler was a noted psychologist and philosopher who coined the term ‘inferiority complex’. The concept has been adopted by many cultures and languages. In Adler’s day, lifestyle referred to something more substantial than the individual’s consumption choices. Adler believed that the environment in which a person lives plays a pivotal role in their development. As such, a person’s lifestyle should reflect the values and beliefs that he or she holds most dear.

As a result, Adler put special emphasis on the lifestyle that children should live. He was particularly interested in the behavior of “spoiled” children. Such children learned how to manipulate their caregivers to get their way. They would complain until their parents gave in to their demands. Adler considered such children to be more dangerous than “normal” ones because they lacked empathy. Adler also believed that “socially useful” people were healthy, socially active, and not consumed by inferiority.

In the original formulation of Adler’s personality theory, lifestyle refers to a behaviour pattern that a person adopts in his or her childhood. He referred to this pattern as a “complex,” and he called them Redeemer Complex and No Complex. Redeemer Complex is the habit of improving others, while No Complex is about arguing with others. Adler also said that people who have no self-esteem are’sprawling’ and “lazy.’

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