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ERIC Number: ED106694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 13
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Life Style Assessment: So What!
Aubry, William E.
The construct life style was used by Alfred Adler to describe the characteristic way in which individuals act and think. Followers of his theories are now collecting evidence to support or validate his contentions. The assessment of client life styles serves: (1) to make the client aware of his misconceptions, (2) as a reference point for therapy, and (3) as the focal point of personality change. Thus, the assessment procedure--done one-to-one or in groups--constitutes for Adlerians an important part of therapy. Bringing into awareness the clients misconceptions implies respect for his ability to correct his mistakes; it is a form of encouragement. A counselor, to encourage, must respect the client's right to choose. Adlerians and others think that with proper information the individual will decide more effectively. Ideal thinking and behaving is a function of a healthy interest in others; this is termed social interest. A social interest index is used to measure the extent to which an individual is interested in his fellow human beings. Adlerians are now doing systematic research on the results of life style assessments. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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