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Alfred Adler’s Exploration of Non-Heterosexual Sexuality

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Alfred Adler’s Exploration of Non-Heterosexual Sexuality

Alfred Adler, a renowned figure in the realm of psychology, embarked on a comprehensive exploration of human sexuality, including non-heterosexual forms. His theories and writings on this topic, albeit controversial by contemporary standards, provide invaluable insights into his views on sexual deviance, including homosexuality. This article delves into Adler’s ideas regarding non-heterosexual sexuality and its classification as deviance, focusing on his views on homosexuality and the connection he established between it and the concept of inferiority complex.

Adler’s Classification of Sexual Forms as Deviance

Alfred Adler’s theories were deeply rooted in his holistic understanding of human psychology and behavior. He believed that an individual’s psychological dynamics were intertwined with their life experiences, social context, and perceived sense of inferiority or superiority. Adler’s classification of various sexual forms, including non-heterosexual expressions, as deviance was an extension of his broader perspective on human behavior.

Homosexuality as a ‘Failure of Life’

In the early 20th century, Adler, like many of his contemporaries, approached homosexuality through a lens that reflected prevailing societal attitudes of that day, including the Christian understanding of Godly morals and the meaning of life. He classified homosexuals as part of the “failures of life,” a term that encompassed various behaviors and traits that deviated from perceived social norms.

Based on Alfred Adler’s teachings homosexuality and all sexual deviations are a result of an inferiority complex towards one’s own gender. If you can’t talk to women, it’s easier to talk to men, your friends. Such fear of women which comes from an inferiority complex leads the “male inferior” to easier solutions. People you know and you can trust, your friends, relatives, and children are easy prey for sexual predators. Since these deviated men are not able mentally to cope with women, their fear of rejection or fear of failure, or their inferiority complex drags them to an “easy solution”. It’s because they are not able to impress women and ask for sex, they get their sex either among their male friends, by masturbation, or from children or animals.

Also the fear of “The other” brings unbearable pressure to people who are not mature in their soul. They are not socially developed and they fear failure, thus they rather choose a homosexual relationship, which is so easy when you do a sleepover with your friends. Boy Scout Camp will also give you the opportunity to make a shortcut and discover the pleasures of sex. As long as you can avoid the unknown, the other, the so different, the unsatiable, then you can stay with your own “kind” and relax and enjoy. And that is how you became gay.

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Adler’s Connection Between Homosexuality and Inferiority Complex

Adler’s exploration of homosexuality delved into the connection between non-heterosexual expressions and feelings of inferiority. He posited that homosexuality could arise from an individual’s perceived inadequacy or inferiority complex towards their own gender. This perspective was rooted in Adler’s broader theory of individual psychology, which emphasized the influence of early childhood experiences and feelings of inferiority on an individual’s behavior and psychological development.

Adler’s Writings on Homosexuality

In 1917, Adler initiated his writings on homosexuality with a magazine article that spanned 52 pages. This marked the beginning of his sporadic exploration of the topic throughout the rest of his life. Adler’s writings on homosexuality provide glimpses into his evolving thoughts on the matter.

Evolving Attitudes and Contemporary Interpretations

It is important to approach Adler’s ideas on non-heterosexual sexuality with an understanding of the historical and cultural context in which they were formulated. While Adler’s classification of homosexuality as deviance and his connection to an inferiority complex are considered outdated by contemporary standards, they offer a lens through which we can trace the evolution of attitudes towards non-heterosexual expressions and the shifting understanding of sexual orientation over time. Nevertheless, time can not change the results of scientific studies. It is data and research that can overrule already attained results, not time. Deeper immorality of nowadays society is trying to rewrite all history including not only traditional (and even biblical) views on homosexuality and LGBTQ+, but also all areas of human lives, even such areas as morality (abortion, euthanasia, divorce, marriage, free sex, drugs), or history (slavery), ethnography and etnicity (white male can identify as black lesbian women, or as unicorn), and more.

A Connection Between Homosexuality and Inferiority Complex

Alfred Adler’s exploration of non-heterosexual sexuality, particularly his views on homosexuality, reflects the societal attitudes and should not be limited to the understanding of his era. While his classification of various sexual forms as deviance, including his connection between homosexuality and inferiority complex, may be viewed critically today, they serve as important historical markers in the trajectory of psychological thought and is still considered nowadays by many as the true cause of all homosexual and deviant sexual behavior. As society has progressed in its understanding of human sexuality and embraced a more inclusive perspective, it is essential not to approach Adler’s ideas with a nuanced awareness of the historical context in which they emerged. We have to be careful in the VOQUE era not to de-classify his conclusions, which are considered by the majority as the “it”.