Author Archives: Paul J. Fitzgerald

Thanksgiving – “Grateful for” and “Grateful to”

At this time of year, we tend to think of what we’re thankful for in terms of the basic human needs – the ones that lie along the bottom three tiers of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.Those are survival, safety,… Continue Reading Thanksgiving – “Grateful for” and “Grateful to”

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No, We’re Not “Divided” – Some of Us Are Simply Lost from Social Reality

One of the basic tenets of Alfred Adler’s theory is that most social realities are fictions – and they are either socially useful fictions, or else socially useless (harmful) ones. This “psychology of ‘as-if,’” which Adler adopted from the philosopher… Continue Reading No, We’re Not “Divided” – Some of Us Are Simply Lost from Social Reality

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Adlerian Interpretation of the Twelve Steps
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Earlier this year, I gave a talk at Adler University for their “Transformative Empowerment” conference put on by the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship. As part of my talk, I created a document that recasts the Twelve Steps of… Continue Reading Adlerian Interpretation of the Twelve Steps

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Sin and Injury: When Sorry Is Not Enough

With the recent spate of revelations about sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault being reported in the media, many people of conscience wonder exactly what the aggressors owe the people who were the targets of their hurtful behavior. There… Continue Reading Sin and Injury: When Sorry Is Not Enough

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Let’s Try Saying “Americans” Instead of “America” – A Lesson from Canadians

On the fourth of my trips to Adler’s Vancouver campus last fall, I came before the Canadian border officer, as I had each time before. I was ready for the questions about why I was coming to Canada, and gave… Continue Reading Let’s Try Saying “Americans” Instead of “America” – A Lesson from Canadians

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Ethics, Truth, and Our Political World of 2016

It’s hard to say anything calming or therapeutic since the election in November. Many people are feeling vindicated and many others are feeling betrayed, fearful, and even traumatized. But a major factor in the anxiety many of us are feeling… Continue Reading Ethics, Truth, and Our Political World of 2016

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Encouragement, Pain, and Survival

In May, I presented at the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology’s annual conference in Minnesota, along with colleagues from Adler University’s Chicago Campus. Our panel discussion was on encouragement, and we spoke about the different ways we have experienced… Continue Reading Encouragement, Pain, and Survival

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Adlerians Gather in Minnesota This Week!

This week will be the annual conference of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, held this year in Bloomington, Minnesota. This is the largest show of support on the continent for Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology tradition. I will be… Continue Reading Adlerians Gather in Minnesota This Week!

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Obamacare and Mental Health: Good News and Bad News

An article was published by US News and World Report yesterday, and it has mixed news about the Affordable Care Act and mental health treatment: the number of people with mental health conditions who are uninsured decreased in 2015, but… Continue Reading Obamacare and Mental Health: Good News and Bad News

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Dear Politicians: Counselors Serve All Who Seek Their Services

The American Counseling Association has published a Code of Ethics for years, and it was recently updated in 2014 (http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/ethics). On the subject of providing services to clients, and when it is ethical to terminate with a client, the Code… Continue Reading Dear Politicians: Counselors Serve All Who Seek Their Services

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