Alfred Adler's Basic Concepts and Implications

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Taylor & Francis, 1989 - Psychology - 166 pages
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This book presents the basic principles of Adler's psychology. The first chapter looks at Adlerian psychology as it exists today, and examines earlier influences. The second chapter examines feelings of inferiority and compensation for these feelings. The third chapter considers the nature of goals and how they are formulated. The fourth chapter examines strivings for power and superiority, and social interest. The fifth chapter presents a typology of personality based on the combination of activity and social interest. Also included is Adler's attempt to relate the four temperaments of Hippocrates and Galen to his own personality theory. The sixth chapter deals with the style of life. Relevance of birth order is discussed as a contributing factor to the style of life and to personality development. The seventh chapter considers three problems of life: one's relation with society, one's occupation, and love and marriage. The eighth chapter examines dreams and their interpretation. The ninth chapter discusses techniques used to protect the self from threats to self-esteem. The tenth chapter examines the neurotic character, and the eleventh chapter discusses therapy. The twelfth chapter discusses crime and its prevention. The thirteenth chapter considers applications to the education of and the upbringing of a child. The fourteenth chapter contains Adler's critique of Freudian theory. A summary of Adler's position and pros and cons of Adler's psychology are contained in the epilogue. (LLL)
 

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Contents

PREFACE
1
STRIVINGS FOR SUPERIORITY
6
n INFERIORITY AND COMPENSATION
11
FICTIONALISM AND FINALISM
25
AND SOCIAL INTEREST
35
Those Who Lack Social Interest
42
DEGREES OF ACTIVITY
49
Implications
55
Implications
93
THE NEUROTIC CHARACTER
105
THERAPY
117
CRIME AND ITS PREVENTION
129
APPLICATIONS TO EDUCATION
137
ADLER8 CRITIQUE OF FREUDIAN THEORY
145
BIBLIOGRAPHY
157
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
165

Our Relations With Society Our Occupation
75
DREAMS AND THEIR INTERPRETATION
87

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Lundin of the University of the South, Tennessee

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