Adlerian Theory-Birth Order, Gender, Family Values

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Adlerian’s Family Constellation Focusing on Birth Order, Gender, and Family Values Brittany Teal
Bellevue University
Applied Counseling Theories
March 27, 2012
Abstract
Diving into Adlerian’s Theory and focus on family, there are three main components to take into consideration to define how children might be defined as adults. The three factors include: birth order, gender, and family values. Birth order can make a difference in defining adult personality and behaviors. Gender can play a role with its views of society and the acceptance of the up kept expectations. Family values play a role simply because it defines who the family is and makes the future generations structured and stable.

Adlerian’s Family Constellation Focusing on Birth Order, Gender, and Family Values
Focusing on how one’s life may be affected behaviorally and psychologically can be based off of the factors that are out of an individual’s control. When stating this sentence, it may seem confusing to know that an individual had the possibility of being “judged” or “defined” on the day they were born. With this being said, the uncontrollable, but life-shaping factors include birth order, gender, and family values. Although it is important to note that these factors will not always determine the life outcome of an individual, they will, however, create a formation of life for an individual to follow.

Bringing attention to birth order first, knowing how the first born, middle, and last born child can be affected immediately can possibly define a lot about how the individual’s future could turn out. The first born child can often be described as the busy, attention receiver (Shulman & Mosak 1977). On the flip side, the first born often is held to the highest expectations to uphold in the future due to the self control and respectful domineer they portray. The reason for this can be based off of the parent’s abilities to revolve their lives around engaging their...
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