Theory of Personality, Psychopathology,
Psychotherapy (1912–1937)
2019. Ca. 85 pages, eBook-PDF
ISBN 978-3-647-40384-7


Author: Gisela Eife

The intention of this book is to give an overview of Adler’s fundamental ideas tracing the development of his theory of psychotherapy during the years between 1912 and 1937: the compensation of inferiority feeling and the founding of the concept of community feeling in emotional experience, in body and mind and in the philosophy of life. Adler doesn’t adopt an objectifying external perspective; he doesn’t see the overall context from outside, from a reflexive distance, but rather looks from his experience of human society onto the contingency of human life. All of his theoretical concepts are bound up in this holistic approach. Adler’s theoretic development shows that the basic concepts of Individual Psychology are not only descriptive labels; they grow out of inner experience. Adler expresses harsh criticism of all forms of community governed by the “will to power” and pleads for a cooperation in terms of real social interest or community feeling.

This E-Book is a revised edition of the introduction to the third volume of the Alfred Adler study edition published in 2010. A new chapter has been added: »The relational dimension of Individual Psychology«. The step-bystep development of Alfred Adler’s thinking is described following lectures and papers included in Henry Stein‘s Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler and in the German Alfred Adler Studienausgabe.

About the author:
Gisela Eife, MD, is a specialist for Psychotherapeutic
Medicine, Psychoanalysis (DGPT, DGIP). Dr. Eife is lecturer,
supervisor and training analyst at the Alfred Adler Institute
for Individual Psychology in Munich.

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