750 Social Interest and Theory and Use

This course explores Adler’s proposition that the primary solution to the major problems,maladjustments and dysfunctions in life lies in the human capacity for social interest. The concept of social interest, as defined by Adler, will be studied, including the childhood origins of social interest and the family consequences of the three handicaps of childhood in interfering with the development of social interest. The process of personal and professional cultivation of social interest from an Adlerian perspective will also be addressed as a tool of resiliency to social stressors, as well as the role of social interest in working with clients.  The class will also investigate the difference in meaning of social interest across different cultures and within different contexts, such as social media.