Drive for Self: Alfred Adler and the Founding of Individual Psychology

Drive for Self: Alfred Adler and the Founding of Individual Psychology

by Edward Hoffman
     
 
Edward Hoffman presents the first major biography of the man considered the founder of individual psychology. From his early life in Vienna as a member of Freud's innermost circle, to his break with psychoanalysis and development of a new school of thought, the compelling life and work of Alfred Adler is dramatically illuminated.

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Edward Hoffman presents the first major biography of the man considered the founder of individual psychology. From his early life in Vienna as a member of Freud's innermost circle, to his break with psychoanalysis and development of a new school of thought, the compelling life and work of Alfred Adler is dramatically illuminated.

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Library Journal
The earliest of Freud's adherents to break away and form his own system of psychological theory, Adler is responsible for such common concepts as the inferiority complex, the importance of birth order, and the "spoiled" child. Despite the fact that his central notion-that we humans develop from an innate desire to interact with others-is far more central to contemporary psychology than is Freud's idea of libidinal drives, no major biography of Adler has been written, perhaps because he did not establish a cohesive school of followers. Unfortunately, this book does not completely fill this gap. Perhaps because Adler was a talker, not a writer, Hoffman's study does not convey much sense of the man, nor does it systematically describe his theories. Josef Rattner's Alfred Adler (LJ 5/1/83) and Manes Soerber's Masks of Loneliness: Alfred Adler in Perspective (Macmillan, 1974) both offer more complete expositions of Adler's "individual psychology" accompanied by some biographical information. Not an essential purchase.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, Wash.
Brian McCombie
Although Alfred Adler's name is not as widely known as the man he was influenced by, Sigmund Freud, his work and ideas have shaped Western society's view of the mind. Birth order, the inferiority complex, lifestyle, and the pampered or spoiled child figure prominently in Adler's main postulates. Adler became closely associated with Freud, but irreconcilable differences eventually led to the parting of ways. Adler thought Freud's theories were too negative and hopeless, and believed that people have the inborn capacity for social feeling, for sharing among and with others. Hoffman ("Visions of Innocence", 1992) offers a thorough biography of this important figure in psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201632804
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
06/15/1994
Pages:
590
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)

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