Definition of Adlerian in English:



  • Relating to or influenced by Alfred Adler's theories of psychotherapy, especially his views that society and culture were significant factors in the formation of an individual's personality:

    ‘recent studies of Adlerian and social learning approaches’
    • ‘They reviewed 62 outcome studies of parent training: 24 Parent Effectiveness Training, 18 social learning, and 20 Adlerian.’
    • ‘Remember the primary drive for the ego from the Adlerian perspective was to overcome a fundamental sense of inferiority derived from childhood experiences.’
    • ‘She is a classical Adlerian psychotherapist in San Francisco.’
    • ‘Currently I am planning training workshops for clinicians in the field of chemical dependency who may be interested in learning more about Adlerian principles and therapeutic techniques.’
    • ‘This list of questions was frequently offered to clients at the beginning of Adlerian brief therapy.’


  • A follower of Alfred Adler or his methods:

    ‘he not only studied with Adler but identified himself as an Adlerian’
    • ‘He was another Adlerian who had studied with Adler in Europe.’
    • ‘Though he speaks highly of Adler and cites his work, the psychologist doesn't identify himself primarily as an Adlerian.’
    • ‘As with most Adlerians, she illustrated her teaching with metaphors and stories.’
    • ‘She considers herself a classical Adlerian, and studied with Alfred Adler from 1935 to 1936.’
    • ‘He took courses by Adler and joined the Adlerians at the Cafe Shiller for lengthy discussions on Adlerian Psychology.’