Alfred Adler was one of the most influential thinkers in psychotherapy – a physician, psychiatrist, author, and professor who wanted to answer the questions that plagued people during a significant time in history. His original ideas serve as a foundation for most modern theories of counseling and psychotherapy, ideas and writings that are brought back to life in this volume. Within, contemporary experts comment and introduce Adler's work through the lens of the 21st century. In doing so, they pay tribute to, analyze, and disseminate his classic, seminal papers that have significantly impacted the therapy field.
The 23 papers included were chosen because of their relevance to today's issues, and their importance in Adlerian theory and practice. They detail the core elements of his theory, the tactics he used to advocate change in individuals and systems, and emphasize how contemporary his ideas are. Alfred Adler Revisited not only plays homage to a great professional, it revives his ideas and encourages debate over fundamental human issues.
Table of Contents
Maniacci, An Introduction to Alfred Adler. Walton, "The Fundamental Views of Individual Psychology." West, Bubnezer, "The Differences Between Individual Psychology and Psychoanalysis." Moore, "The Progress of Mankind." Watts, "On the Origin of the Striving for Superiority and of Social Interest." Peluso, "Personality as Self-consistent Unity." McKay, "Position in Family Constellation Influences Personality." Bitter, "On the Essence and Origin of Character." Main, "Character and Talent." Kottman, Heston, "The Child's Inner Life and a Sense of Community." Manaster, "Individual Psychological Education." McBrien, "The Problem of Distance." Peven, "Dreams and Dream Interpretation." Schneider, "Life-lie and Responsibility in Neurosis and Psychosis." Sperry, "Physical Manifestations of Psychic Disturbances." Hartshorne, "What is Neurosis?" Duba, "The Structure of Neurosis." Eckstein, "Trick and Neurosis." Rasmussen, Moore, "Nervous Insomnia." Stewert, "Neurotic Hunger Strike." Mozdzierz, "Melancholia and Paranoia." Trail, "Suicide." White, "Demoralized Children." Clark, "Significance of Early Recollections."
*All titles in quotes represent original articles written by Alfred Alder, with an introduction by each contributor.
Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University and a psychologist at the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Michael P. Maniacci, PsyD, is a published author and former core faculty member at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He is on the board of consultants for many parent and family organizations, and has published several chapters, articles, and books on Adlerian theory. He maintains private practices in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois.
"A wonderful retrospective interpretation and extension of Adler's theories. For those acquainted with Adlerian psychology and for those unacquainted, Maniacci's introduction is a gem." - Harold H. Mosak, PhD, Distinguished Service Professor, Adler School of Professional Psychology
"Alfred Adler remains a vital figure for psychology, counseling, and related fields today. This lucid anthology is a wonderful resource for bringing his ideas and techniques to contemporary relevance. Its authors offer insightful commentary on Adler's own papers in a way that practitioners will find especially helpful." - Dr. Edward Hoffman, Author, The Drive for Self: Alfred Adler and the Founding of Individual Psychology