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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Alfred Adler's work, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book covering the major ideas of Adler, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars There is another view to show you., 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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