Birth Order and the Inferiority Complex According to Adler


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An exaggerated feeling of being superior to others that is used as a defense mechanism to conceal feelings of extreme inferiority is:

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1. Which of the following is true of feelings of inferiority:

2. Which of the following statements is TRUE:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In what ways does birth order affect whether one feels inferior or superior later in life? This quiz/worksheet comb will help you quickly assess your understanding of the Adlerian theory that focuses on this topic.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The term used to describe one's feeling of being superior as a defense mechanism concealing feelings of inferiority
  • The ability to recognize true statements about feelings of inferiority
  • The ability to recognize true statements about birth order
  • What is true of a middle child, according to Adler
  • The child most likely to be independent, according to Adler

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of birth placement influencing one's feelings of inferiority or superiority
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast inferiority and superiority complex
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of children relevant to birth order

Additional Learning

To learn more about this theory, review the accompanying lesson called Birth Order and the Inferiority Complex According to Adler. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the reasons why children and adults may have feelings of inferority
  • Define inferiority complex and superiority complex
  • List the five positions relevant to birth order
  • Identify the characteristics of children according to their position