Readings in the Theory of Individual Psychology presents an overview of the central theoretical tenets and specific fundamental concepts of Individual Psychology, framed on terms that make it possible to verify empirically many of these theoretical foundations. Sections of the book are organized into subject areas such as social interest, creative self, lifestyle, and family constellation, each containing seminal articles by Adler, Dreikurs, and other founding thinkers, and introduced with an original essay by a contemporary scholar. Readings in the Theory of Individual Psychology informs the reader of the recent and current theory in Individual Psychology, presented in order to generate new empirical research and future directions for development. Slavik and Carlson have pulled together a truly unique source for current thinking and theorizing in the field, providing the next generation of researchers, scholars, and scientists with the tools to move Individual Psychology into its next phase of refinement.
'[This volume] proposes a research agenda that is essential for both the revival and flourishing of Adlerian thought. A challenging call to action and vision of the future. Surely to be an invaluable resource for students, researchers and clinicians.' - Len Sperry, M.D., Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, USA
'Something like this has been needed for a long time. Slavik and Carlson are trying to establish and define a group of constructs that can be more easily subject to validation and verification. The application of a scientific approach to the logic and constructs is long overdue.' - Bernard H. Shulman, M.D., Northwestern University School of Medicine, USA
Part I: Introduction. Slavik, Models, Theories and Research in Individual Psychology. Part II: General. Milliren, Clemmer, Introduction to Adlerian Psychology: Basic Principles and Methodology. Adler, Fundamentals of Individual Psychology. Dreikurs, An Introduction to Individual Psychology. Kopp, On Clarifying Basic Adlerian Concepts: A Response to Maddi. Griffith, Adler's Organ Jargon. Part III: The Creative Self. Stone, The Creative Self. Edgar, The Creative Self in Adlerian Psychology. Part IV: Social Interest. Huber, In Search of Social Interest. Bass, Curlette, Kern, McWilliams, Social Interest: A Meta-analysis of a Multidimensional Construct. Bickhard, Ford, Adler's Concept of Social Interest: A Critical Explication. Stasio, Capron, Social Interest as a Distinct Personality Construct: Comparisons with 'The Big Five' and Related Prosocial Constructs. Part V: Life Style. Peluso, Style of Life. Lombardi, Melchior, Murphy, Brinkerhoff, The Ubiquity of Life-style. Wheeler, Kern, Curlette, Life-style Can be Measured. Part VI: Children. Johansen, The Four Goals of Misbehavior: Clarification of Concepts and Suggestions for Future Research. Adler, How the Child Selects his Symptoms. Ansbacher, The Relationship of Dreikurs's Four Goals of Children's Disturbing Behavior to Adler's Social Interest-Activity Typology. Part VII: Encouragement. Carns, Carns, An Overview of the Current Status of Adlerian Encouragement. Carns, Carns, A Review of the Professional Literature Concerning the Consistency of the Definition and Application of Adlerian Encouragement. Part VIII: The Family Constellation. Manaster, Family Constellation: Meaning, Research and Future Research. Adler, Position in Family Constellation Influences Life-style. Campbell, White, Stewart, The Relationship of Psychological Birth Order to Actual Birth Order. Watkins Jr, Birth-order Research and Adler's Theory: A Critical Review. Part IX: Inferiority. Milliren, Clemmer, Wingett, Testerment, "The Movement From "Felt Minus" to "Perceived Plus": Understanding Adler's Concept of Inferiority. Dixon, Strano, The Measurement of Inferiority: A Review and Directions for Scale Development. Part X: Overcompensation. Hjertaas, Overcompensation in Adlerian Theory. Seidler, The Phenomenon of Overcompensation. Coleman, Croake, Organ Inferiority and Measured Overcompensation. Part XI: Phenomenological Approach. Shelley, Phenomenology and the Qualitative in Individual Psychology. Hanna, Community Feeling, Empathy, and Intersubjectivity: A Phenomenological Framework. Permissions.