The psychology of Alfred Adler


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Abstract

The heterodox nature of the Freudian psychology and the authoritative, dogmatic manner of its presentation, both favored the rise of spirited opposition in its train. Prominent among the secessionists are Jung and Adler. Jung has gained a wide audience for his theories through the attractive literary form in which they have been advanced. Adler has been less fortunate in a literary way, for his heavy, involved style has obscured a system of psychology which, on its merits, deserves a larger public than it has reached. Convinced of the value of Adler's contribution, the author believes it worthwhile to survey the principal tenets of his system in such a lucid manner as to awaken the interest of the general psychologist. Aspects of his theory that bear particularly upon the understanding of normal personality were selected for discussion. Specifically, those aspects are: the individual-psychological method, the neurotic individual, the origin of the feeling of inferiority, compensation, the accentuation of the fiction, and the masculine protest. The points from which Adler diverges from Freud are discussed. An exploration of areas the author considers to be weaknesses in Adler's theory is included. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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