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The young man entered the study and sat slouched in a chair. Why was he so determined to reject the philosopher’s theories? His reasons were abundantly clear. He lacked self-condence and, ever since childhood, this had been compounded by deep-seated feelings of inferiority with regard to his personal and academic backgrounds, as well as his physical appearance.
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Perhaps, as a result, he tended to be excessively self-conscious when people looked at him. Mostly, he seemed incapable of truly appreciating other people’s happiness and was constantly pitying himself. To him, the philosopher’s claims were nothing more than the stu of fantasy.
I suppose it’s only natural you haven’t heard of Adler. As he himself said, “There might come a time when one will not remember my name; one might even have forgotten that our school ever existed.” Then he went on to say that it didn’t matter. The implication being that if his school were forgotten, it would be because his ideas had of scholarship, and become commonplace, and a feeling shared by everyone.
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For example, Dale Carnegie, who wrote the international bestsellers How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, referred to Adler as “a great psychologist who devoted his life to researching humans and their latentabilities.” The inuence of Adler’s thinking is clearly present throughout his writings.
And in Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, much of the content closely resembles Adler’s ideas. In other words, rather than being a strict area of scholarship, Adlerian psychology is accepted as a realization, a culmination of truths and of human understanding. Yet Adler’s said to have been a hundred years ahead of their time, and even today we have not managed to fully comprehend them.
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That is how truly groundbreaking they were. To quote Adler again: “The important thing is not what one is born with but what use one makes of that equipment.” You want to be Y or someone else because you are utterly focused on what you were born with. Instead, you’ve got to focus on what you can make of your equipment.
: Maybe you haven’t been aware of your lifestyle until now, and maybe you haven’t been aware of the concept of lifestyle either. Of course, no one can choose his or her own birth. Being born in this country, in thisera, and with these parents are things you did not choose. And all these things have a great deal of inuence.
You’ll probably face disappointmentand start looking at other people and feeling, I wish I’d been born in their circumstances. But you can’t let it end there. The issue is not the past, but here, in the present. And now you’ve learned about lifestyle. But what you do with it from here on is your responsibility. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book
Whether you go on choosing the lifestyle you’ve had up till now, or you choose a new lifestyle altogether, it’s entirely up to you. YOUTH: Then how do I choose again? You’re telling me, “You chose that lifestyle yourself, so go ahead and selecta new one instantly,” but there’s no way I can just change on the spot!
Although there are some small inconveniences and limitations, you probably think that the lifestyle you have now is the most practical one, and that it’s easier to leave things as they are. If you stay just like this, experience enables you to respond properly to events as they occur, while guessing the results of one’s actions. You could say it’s like driving your old, familiar car.
It might rattle a bit, but one can take that into account and maneuver easily. On the other hand, if one chooses a new lifestyle, no one can predict what might happen to the new self, or have any idea how to deal with events as they arise. It will be hard to see ahead to the future, and life will be lled with anxiety. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book
A more painful and unhappy life might lie ahead. Simply put, people have various complaints about things, but it’s easier and more secure to be just the way one is. Yes. I have a young friend who dreams of becoming a novelist, but he never seems to be able to complete his work. According to him.
His job keeps him too busy, and he can never nd enough time to write novels, and that’s why he can’t complete work and enter it for writing awards. But is that the real reason? No! It’s actually that he wants to leave the possibility of “I can do it if I try” open, by not committing to anything.
He doesn’t want to expose his work to criticism, and he certainly doesn’t want to face the reality that he might produce an inferior piece of writing and face rejection. He wants to live inside that realm of possibilities, where he can say that he could do it if he only had the time, or that he could write if he just had the proper environment, and that he really does have the talent for it. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book
In another ve or ten years, he will probably start using other excuses like “I’m not young anymore” or “I’ve got a family to think about now.” Well, for instance, the other day I admitted that I dislike myself. No matter what I do, I can’t nd anything but shortcomings, and I can see no reason why I’d start liking myself. But of course I still want to.
You explain everything as having to do with goals, but what kind of goal could I have here? I mean, what kind of advantage could there be in my not liking myself? I can’t imagine there’d be a single thing to gain from it. PHILOSOPHER: I see. You feel that you don’t have any strong points, that you’ve got nothing but shortcomings. Whatever the facts might be, that’s how you feel.
In other words, your self-esteem is extremely low. So the questions here, then, are why do you feel so wretched? And, why do you view yourself with such low esteem? What do you think was the scariest thing to her, the thing she wanted to avoid most of all? It was that the man would reject her, of course. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book
The fact that her unrequited love would negate everything for her, the very existence and possibility of “I.” This aspect is deeply present in adolescent unrequited love. But as long as she has a fear of blushing, she can go on thinking, I can’t be with him because I have this fear of blushing.
It could end without her ever working up the courage to confess her feelings to him, and she could convince herself that he would reject her anyway. And nally, she can live in the possibility that If only my fear of blushing had gotten better, I could have. She didn’t have condence in herself. She was very afraid that things being what they were, he’d reject her even if she did confess to him.
And if that happened, she’d lose even more condence and get hurt. That’s why she created the symptom of the fear of blushing. What I can do is to get the person rst to accept “myself now,” and then regardless of the outcome have the courage to step forward. In Adlerian psychology, this kind of approach is called “encouragement. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book Download
Oh, but being alone isn’t what makes you feel lonely. Loneliness is having other people and society and community around you, and having a deep sense of being excluded from them. To feel lonely, we need other people. That is to say, it is only in social contexts that a person becomes an “individual.” YOUTH: If you were really alone, that is.
If you existed completely alone in the universe, you wouldn’t be an individual and you wouldn’t feel lonely, either? PHILOSOPHER: I suppose the very concept of loneliness wouldn’t even come up. You wouldn’t need language, and there’d be no use for logic or common sense, either. But such a thing is impossible.
Even if you lived on an uninhabited island, you would think about someone far across the ocean. Even if you spend your nights alone, you strain your ears to hear the sound of someone’s breath. As long as there is someone out there somewhere, you will be haunted by loneliness. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book Download
Thank you. I am 61 inches tall. Adler wasapparently around the same height. There was a time—until I was right around your age, actually— when I was concerned about my height. I was sure that things would be dierent if I were of average height, eight or even just four inches taller. As if a more enjoyable life were waiting for me.
I talked to a friend about it when I was having these feelings, and he said it was “a bunch of nonsense” and simply dismissed it. YOUTH: That’s horrible! Some friend. PHILOSOPHER: And then he said, “What would you do if you got taller? You know, you’ve got a gift for getting people to relax.” With a man who’s big and strong, it’s true, it does seem he can end up intimidating people just because of his size.
With someone small like me, on the other hand, people let go of their wariness. So it made me realize that having a small build was a desirable thing both to me and to those around me. In other words, there wasa transformation of values. I’m not worried about my height anymore. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book Download
But can you say for sure that feelings of inferiority are really a problem of interpersonal relationships? Even the kind of person who is regarded socially as a success, who doesn’t need to debase himself in relationships with other people, still has some feelings of inferiority? Even the businessman who amasses enormous wealth, the peerless beauty who is the envy of all.
And the Olympic gold medalist—every one of them would be plagued by feelings of inferiority. Well, that’s how it seems to me. How should I think about this? PHILOSOPHER: Adler recognizes that feelings of inferiority are something everyone has. There’s nothing bad about feelings of inferiority themselves. YOUTH: So why do people have them in the rst place?
PHILOSOPHER It’s probably necessary to understand this in a certain order. First of all, people enter this world as helpless beings. And people have the universal desire to escape from that helpless state. Adler called this the “pursuit of superiority.” That’s right. One tries to get rid of one’s feeling of inferiority and keep moving forward. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book Free
One’s never satised with one’s present situation—even if it’s just a single step, one wants to make progress. One wants to be happier. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the state of this kind of feeling of inferiority. There are, however, people who lose the courage to take a single step forward, who cannot accept the fact that the situation can be changed by making realistic eorts.
People who, before even doing anything, simply give up and say things like “I’m not good enough anyway” or “Even if I tried, I wouldn’t stand a chance.” YOUTH: Well, that’s true. There’s no doubt about it—if the feeling of inferiority is strong, most people will become negative and say, “I’m not good enough anyway.” Because that’s what a feeling of inferiority is.
There is nothing particularly wrong with the feeling of inferiority itself. You understand this point now, right? As Adler says, the feeling of inferiority can be a trigger for striving and growth. For instance, if one had a feeling of inferiority with regard to one’s education, and resolved to oneself, I’m not well educated, so I’ll just have to try harder than anyone else, that would be a desirable direction. Courage to be Disliked PDF Book Free
The inferiority complex, on the other hand, refers to a condition of having begun to use one’s feeling of inferiority asa kind of excuse. So one thinks to oneself, I’m not well educated, so I can’t succeed, or I’m not good-looking, so I can’t get married. When someone is insisting on the logic of “A is the situation, so B done” in such a way in everyday life, that is not something that ts in the feeling of inferiority category. It is an inferiority complex.