Inspirational Alfred Adler quotes

Alfred Adler (February 7, 1870 – May 28, 1937) was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist. This post features some Inspirational Alfred Adler quotes.

Adler was the founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority—the inferiority complex—is recognized as an isolating 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” (Orgler 1976).

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. A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Adler as the 67th most cited psychologist of the 20th century.

Alfred Adler quotes
Alfred Adler quotes

Alfred Adler quotes

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
― Alfred Adler

“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.”
― Alfred Adler

“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.”
― Alfred Adler

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”
― Alfred Adler

“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 fro+m among such individuals that all human failures spring.”
― Alfred Adler

“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.”
― Alfred Adler

“Man knows much more than he understands.”
― Alfred Adler

“Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.”
Alfred Adler quotes

“A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.”
― Alfred Adler

“The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.”
― Alfred Adler

“To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.”
― Alfred Adler

“We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.”
― Alfred Adler

“Distorted history boasts of bellicose glory… and seduces the souls of boys to seek mystical bliss in bloodshed and in battles.”
― Alfred Adler

“This quote begins here. 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. This quote ends here.”
― Alfred Adler

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

“A private meaning is in fact no meaning at all. Meaning is only possible in communication: a word which meant something to one person only would really be meaningless. It is the same with our aims and actions; their only meaning is their meaning for others.”
― Alfred Adler

“We are self-determined by the meaning we give to our experiences; and there is probably something of a mistake always involved when we take particular experiences as the basis for our future life. Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.”
Alfred Adler quotes

“We limit ourselves to normal cases of mutual influence, we find that those people are most capable of being influenced who are most amenable to reason and logic, those whose social feeling has been least distorted. On the contrary, those who thirst for superiority and desire domination are very difficult to influence. Observation teaches us this fact every day.”
― Alfred Adler

“A fight with a child is always a losing fight: he can never be beaten or won to cooperation by fighting. In these struggles the weakest always carries the day. Something is demanded of him which he refuses to give; something which can never be gained by such means. An incalculable amount of tension and useless effort would be spared in this world if we realized that cooperation and love can never be won by force.”
― Alfred Adler

“These three ties, therefore, set three problems: how to find an. occupation which will enable us to survive under the limitations set by the nature of the earth; how to find a position among our fellows, so that we may cooperate and share the benefits of cooperation; how to accommodate ourselves to the fact that we live in two sexes and that the continuance and furtherance of mankind depends upon our love-life. Individual.”
― Alfred Adler

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