Essay about Barack Obama Examined Through an Adlerian Framework Superiority Striving

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Alfred Adler believed that childhood events are pivotal for the adult. Adler’s pivotal childhood events were the development of rickets. Adler’s development of rickets kept him from walking until the age of four and contracting a near-fatal case of pneumonia at age five. These events served to inculcate a lifelong ambition centered around becoming a physician in order to focus on the curing of deadly diseases. Adler said that “all people have moments when they feel inferior. For many, such moments will lead them to strive to compensate for that weakness. When this happens, it leads to what he calls “superiority striving,” in which the person is motivated by his or her feelings of inferiority to overcome and strive for betterment, …show more content…
February 1990, Obama was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review. Barack graduated from Harvard, top of his class, in 1991.
After finishing law school, Obama went back to Chicago where he practice as a civil rights lawyer, joining the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Barack taught part time at the University of Chicago Law School (1992-2004) as a lecturer and then as a professor. In 1992 Obama helped organize voter registration drives during presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. President Obama concentrated on setting the foundation for an economy that is built to last creating jobs for American workers, cutting taxes for middle class families and small businesses, investing in education, manufacturing and American-made energy, and making sure everyone follows the same rules, ethics and code of conduct.

President Obama's years of public service are centered on his belief in the ability to unite people around their politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he passed groundbreaking lobbying reform, locked up the most dangerous weapons in the world, and brought clearness to government by putting federal spending on the