Alfred Adler

Alfred Adler (äd´lər), 1870–1937, Austrian psychologist, founder of the school of individual psychology. Although one of Sigmund Freud's earlier associates, he rejected the Freudian emphasis upon sex as the root of neurosis. Adler broke with Freud in 1911, maintaining that feelings of helplessness during childhood can lead to an inferiority complex. Adler's theory focused on social forces, and his therapy, while still concerned with the analysis of early childhood, was also interested in overcoming the inferiority complex through positive social interaction. After 1932, he lectured and practiced in the United States. His books include The Practice and Theory of Individual Psychology (1927, repr. 1973) and Understanding Human Nature (1927, repr. 1978).

See studies by J. Rattner (tr. 1983) and P. Stephansky (1983).

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The Drive for Self: Alfred Adler and the Founding of Individual Psychology
Edward Hoffman.
Addison-Wesley, 1996
The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler: A Systematic Presentation in Selections from His Writings
Heinz L. Ansbacher; Rowena R. Ansbacher; Alfred Adler.
Harper & Row, 1967
Psychologies of 1930
Carl Murchison.
Clark University Press, 1930
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 21 "Individual Psychology" by Alfred Adler
Adlerian Counseling: A Viable Approach for Contemporary Practice
Watts, Richard E.
TCA Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 2000
Why Community Works: The Use of Alfred Adler's Individual Psychology as a Foundational Theory
Glenn, Robert K.; Keith, Edwin M.
College Student Affairs Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall 2002
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A Visual Encapsulation of Adlerian Theory: A Tool for Teaching and Learning
Osborn, Cynthia J.
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, Vol. 40, No. 2, Fall 2001
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Six Therapists and One Client
Frank Dumont; Raymond J. Corsini.
Springer, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Adlerian Psychotherapy"
Roots of Contemporary Cognitive Theories in the Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler
Watts, Richard E.; Critelli, Joseph W.
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Vol. 11, No. 3, January 1, 1997
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An Introduction to Theories of Personality
Robert B. Ewen.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003 (6th edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Individual Psychology: Alfred Adler"
An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming
Kelly Bulkeley.
Praeger, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Individual Psychology: Alfred Adler" begins on p. 40
Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Kevin A. Fall; Janice Miner Holder; Andre Marquis.
Brunner-Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Adlerian Counseling/Individual Psychology"
Adlerian Group Counseling and Therapy: Step-By-Step
Manford A. Sonstegard; James Robert Bitter; Peggy Pelonis.
Brunner-Routledge, 2004
Adlerian-Based Responses for the Mental Health Counselor to the Challenging Behaviors of Teens
Ballou, Roger A.
Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 2002
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Exploring Spiritual Beliefs in Relation to Adlerian Theory
Polanski, Patricia J.
Counseling and Values, Vol. 46, No. 2, January 2002
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Insight into Mild Brain Injury from and Adlerian Perspective
Haglin, Charlotte.
The Journal of Rehabilitation, Vol. 62, No. 4, October-December 1996
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An Examination of the Adlerian Construct of Social Interest with Criminal Offenders. (Research)
Daugherty, Douglas A.; Murphy, Michael J.; Paugh, Justin.
Journal of Counseling and Development : JCD, Vol. 79, No. 4, Fall 2001
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