The Adlerian – Private logic (vs. common sense)

Private logic is the reasoning invented by an individual to stimulate and justify a style of life. By contrast, common sense represents society’s cumulative, consensual reasoning that recognizes the wisdom of mutual benefit. Harold Mosak in 1995 described Five Basic Mistakes:

  • Overgeneralizations
  • False or Impossible Goals
  • Misperceptions of Life and Life’s Demands
  • Denial of One’s Basic Worth
  • Faulty Values