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Quotes of the day: Alfred Adler

Published Friday, February 07, 2014 @ 4:53 AM EST
Feb 07 2014

Alfred W. Adler (February 7, 1870 - May 28, 1937) was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority— the inferiority complex— is recognized as isolating an element which plays a key role in personality development. Alfred Adler considered human beings as an individual whole, therefore he called his psychology "Individual Psychology." Adler was the first to emphasize the importance of the social element in the re-adjustment process of the individual and who carried psychiatry into the community. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.

A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view.

Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.

Follow your heart but take your brain with you.

It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.

It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.

Man knows much more than he understands.

Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.

My difficulties belong to me!

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma - but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.

The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.

The stronger the feeling of inferiority, the higher the goal for personal power.

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.

There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.

To be human means to feel inferior.

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words.

We must never neglect the patient's own use of his symptoms.

Defiant individuals will always persecute others, yet will always consider themselves persecuted.

We live upon the contributions of our ancestors. Nature is a good scavenger. She soon gets rid of her rubbish.

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it.

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