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Unread November 14th, 2005, 11:00 AM
Trevor Hjertaas Trevor Hjertaas is offline
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Default Re: Discussion of CCWAA, Vol. 7, Chapt. II & III (Symptom Selection & Psychoanalysis)

Reading the paper on IP and Psychoanalysis, I was struck by Adler's reference to the creative force of the individual.

This creative force fo the self is still largely overlooked in psychology and psychiatry today, especially with our focus on the brain and neurochemical factors. These seem to have become what the "drives" were in Adler's and Freud's time (and indeed, did Freud not long for a day when all psychological disturbance could be explained by biology?).

Were he alive today, Adler would undoubtedly take these biological factors into account as important, but he would surely not attribute everything to them, and if anything would view them as challenges to be faced by the individual, and would observe how the individual utilized his or her particular style-of-life to do so. He would also, surely, take a holistic view of neurochemistry, and note how not only can neurochemical imbalance lead to psychological disturbance, but that psychological disturbance (such as a less than useful style of life) can contribute to the development of an "imbalanced" neurochemical state in the brain (which just happens to support the individual's style of life). In this way, he would show us how the biopsychosocial model could be truly understood.

Does anyone else have any thought about the biopsychosocial model as it would be applied by the Adlerian?

Trevor Hjertaas, Psy. D.
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