Applying Alfred Adler's Personality Theory To George W Bush

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When choosing a “famous” person on which to do my research proposal on I decided on one of my favorite presidents in my time. George W. Bush seemed to be the most “real” president we have had in office since the 90’s. Next, I chose Adler’s theory to apply to Bush do to the fact that is the theorist that most closely applied to Bush’s life.
Let ‘s start with some back ground about George W. Bush and then apply Adler’s theory. George W Bush was born on July 6, 1946. He was born in New Haven Connecticut where his father was attending Yale University. George’s father had served in World War II as a Navy pilot ; he was using his GI bill like many other veterans to get back into the flow of civilian life. (Wade, 1999) After his father graduated from Yale he moved his family to Texas and joined the oil business. George is the oldest of six kids. The six includes his sister Robin from leukemia when George was just seven. (Wade, 1999) In high school George W Bush attended Phillips Academy , a boarding school in Massachusetts. George’s father had attended the same high school. Onward he went to attend the same University that his father attended. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1968 . (Wade, 1999) After college George joined the Texas Air National Guard. He want to fly planes like his father did. He spent a year in training were he learned to fly F-102 fighter planes. (Wade, 1999) A few years later he decided to go back to school for his master’s degree in business administration. After finishing his master’s in 1975 he took a job in Midland, Texas to take part in the oil business. George was married to Laura Welch on November 5, 1977. In 1978 he followed in his father’s foot steps once again and joined in the political ring. He lost the race for senate but got his feet wet in politics. (Wade, 1999) On November 25, 1981 his twin girls were born Jenna and Barbara. He became governor of Texas in 1994. In 1999 first governor to re –elected for a four year term. He became the 43rd president of the United States on January 20, 2001. (Wade, 1999)
Now on to how Alder applies to George W Bush’s life. First let’s start with the where bush stands in his family constellation. He is the first born of six children. (Wade, 1999) According to Adler prediction the first child is the “problem child.” First born children are achievement orientated and feel entitled to rank. Since they were born first they always prefer to be on top. (Frager&Fadiman, 2013)According to research done parents are more anxious with their first born and therefore push them harder then any of their other children. Research also shows that many first born’s are type A personalities. (Frager&Fadiman, 2013) He tried hard all his life to stay on top in his parents eyes. George has always been an achiever. When he was young he attended Camp Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country. (Wade, 1999) Even at Camp he received the highest honor by receiving the Campfire...

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