One aspect of Adler 's theory that does not seem to have Biblical principles is the Birth Order theory, although his theory may be true, it is not based on any specific Biblical principle. In fact, the Bible offers examples of people who defy this theory. For instance, Jesus tells the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) according to Adler, the youngest son is driven by the need to surpass older siblings, and they often develop at a remarkable fast rate; this was not the case of the prodigal son, who was the younger brother. Looking at the whole story of the prodigal son, none of the theories offered by Adler apply to this case; this does not mean that Adler is wrong, it is just that his theory does not coincide with any specific Biblical principles that this student can compare to.
Personality Development and Critique
Childhood (ages 1-12)
Alfred Adler suggested that children who were neglected or rejected by their parents develop feelings of worthlessness. (Schultz & Schultz, 2013 p.129) For this stude...
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...ll find fulfillment. Research on Adler 's theory has shown that people who who score high in social interest tend to score low on depression, they also tend to score low on anxiety and even in hostility towards others. Perhaps more importantly, people who score high in social interest tend to develop feelings of empathy for others, studies have show they become people who are happier and more agreeable with others. (p.131)
From a personal point of view, this student agrees with these studies, when this student began to realize that there was other people suffering in this world, his pains and sufferings were put into a proper perspective. This writer began to understand that he was not the only person who suffered in this world and only them was this writer able to look beyond himself and into the needs of others, and finally be able to help those who are still need.
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