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The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler: A Systematic Presentation in Selections from his Writings Paperback – 1967

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Torchbooks (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000EXGFRA
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 1998
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For someone seeking to understand Alfred Adler's work and his relationship to other psychologists of the day, this work is a must. Instead of reading through all of his written works you can study his writings as arranged and discussed in this book. There is an overview of each major thought/idea, and selected quotes from his work itself. The author helps you to place Adler's teachings in context. It has earned a permanent place on my psychology bookshelf.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 1998
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The book presents the major works written by Adler himself. The editors give excellent commentary through out the book to help elucidate Adler's main ideas. The editors frequently compare and contrast Adler and Freud, making for very interesting reading. A must for any clinician.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2011
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Alfred Adler is one of the orginators of psychotherapy, who has since become lost under the rubble. This book returns him back to the fore, as he posits a series of challenges to collective belief whether it is masculine protest, social interest, psychology of use, compensation and confluence, organ inferiority, the origin of the neurotic disposition, pampering and the inferiority complex.

I don't think Adler has all the answers, but he out of everyone is near enough there. You can apply his theoretical constructs to understand almost all aspects of human behaviour so complete.

He had the right direction, simply because the issues of child abuse (sexual, physial, emotional, loss) were never fully acknowledged. Freud's retreat from Kraft Ebbing after he tried to introduce his "Seduction Theory" was total and his followers were encased within this shadow.

Adler broke away from drives and innate processes to produce a more subjective view of the world. This was opposed to the iron laws of determinism that Freud had placed as philosophical straightjackets on his subjects. There is a big debate within this book on Freud and Adler that enlightens the strengths of individual psychology.

This is a book is a necessary evolutionary step to relieve us of both Freud and the iron grip of CBT both connected to Adler but for whom he is not responsible for. It is time to retrace the steps away from the mechanistic view of human beings and this book is a catalyst to change direction. Built on his theoretical works, this book is a treasure trove looking at everything from sleep to schizophrenia.

If you ever work with people and want to do more than manage, this is the Bible.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
An excellent introduction to Alfred Adler's work 20 Mar. 1998
By Frederick.Tuinstra@us.coopers.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For someone seeking to understand Alfred Adler's work and his relationship to other psychologists of the day, this work is a must. Instead of reading through all of his written works you can study his writings as arranged and discussed in this book. There is an overview of each major thought/idea, and selected quotes from his work itself. The author helps you to place Adler's teachings in context. It has earned a permanent place on my psychology bookshelf.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Making Sense of It All 4 Mar. 2006
By Margaret Kohut - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides an excellent in-depth explanations of Alfred Adler's concepts of individual psychotherapy. It is a little "slow going" sometimes, but such is the intricacy of Adler's approach to the human mind. This book covers Adler's primary concepts of social interest, feelings of inferiority, private logic, and fictional final goals. I am co-auhoring an Adlerian textbook, and used this book as a reference, as it is well thought of among professional academic writers. If you are studying Adler, writing about Adler, or just want to understand the early theories of why people act the way they do, this book is for you.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book covering the major ideas of Adler 10 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book presents the major works written by Adler himself. The editors give excellent commentary through out the book to help elucidate Adler's main ideas. The editors frequently compare and contrast Adler and Freud, making for very interesting reading. A must for any clinician.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Authoritative Textbook On Adler 28 May 2006
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
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Taking into account the immense importance of Adler, as one of the pivotal trinity (alongside Freud and Jung) of the psychoanalytical movement, add to that the lack of the mans actual writings in any bookstore's psychology bookshelf, or for that matter the popularization and somewhat cheapening of Adlerian concepts into today's pop jargon of psychobabble without going to the man's actual writings and you have a strong case why this book is a fine selection and the best of it's kind in it's treatment on the mans philosophy with solid commentary by the authors/compilers prefacing within it's historical context the actual text.

Approaching Adler is at times a difficult task as is reading Jung or for that matter any analytical philosopher/psychologist but the reward is immeasurable since the purpose of mining nuggets is not the purpose but what needs to be the goal is capturing the essence of the man's evolution and the contributions he made to the mental health profession with his keen understanding of instinct,teleolgy,the often misinterpreted notions of power,inferiority all within a framework of the individual psychology attributed to him IE: the social assimilation of the individual within the world of his making despite whatever limitations are inherent from birth,upbringing and the outside world in itself.

Understanding where Freud,Jung and Adler coalesce and separate is a worthy endeavor as this book clearly offers a full exposition and depth of Adler as a segue into the roots of these men and what they accomplished in their day and whose contributions remain invaluable today despite the obvious shift away from traditional psychoanalysis.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
brilliant 18 Dec. 2013
By taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr Alfred Adler is a genius, and he is by far the most prominent invnetor of psychology. This book is perfectly written, and superbly verbose. Against equivocal thoughts, it serves to explain the thoughts that i find pertaining to pantheist manners, quite eloquently tackled.
Highly recommended.
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