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
     
 

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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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201441949
Publisher:
Perseus Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.15(h) x 1.16(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

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