Etiological and Diagnostic Considerations
  • Steven Berglas
Part of the The Springer Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


The goal of this chapter is to understand why Freud’s and Adler’s insights into the consequences of being a child singled-out for special attention by his parents were both accurate and, apparently, contradictory. The answer to this question should account for why certain people with overtly favorable—or even lofty—competence images often feel threatened by evaluative interactions and seek to protect their fragile sense of self-esteem by self-handicapping.


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  • Steven Berglas
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  1. 1.McLean HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBelmontUSA

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