Alfred Adler Institutes of San Francisco and Northwestern Washington

Volume 4: The collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler

New Translations by Gerald L. Liebenau -  Edited by Henry T. Stein, Ph.D.

This volume opens with a provocative article wherein Adler challenges traditonal assumptions about character and talent, and argues his belief in the potential of intensive training. In twenty-six articles published from 1927 to 1931, Adler devotes several to the varied aspects of neurosis, including: cause, prevention, structure, unity, theory, role-playing, and the similarities to tricks and jokes. In three articles, he amplifies earlier discussions of dream theory, including the related issues of sleeplessness, and enuresis. Two articles address crime and criminals, while another offers a penetrating, timely insight into the psychology of power. Several miscellaneous topics are discussed in articles covering: courage, feelings, emotions, reason, intelligence, mental retardation, and an unusual issue, widow neurosis. Perhaps the most controversial article of all is "Alfred Adler on America," notes taken at one of his lectures by a physician, where Adler compares the American and European cultures, critiquing our preoccupation with ambition, competition, and speed, as well as our tendency to pamper children. One of the most important statements of his philosophical position appears in "The Meaning of Life," translated by Sophia de Vries. From this article, we can see why Alexander Mueller considered Individual Psychology a dynamic stimulus to the discipline of philosophical anthropology.

The odyssey of completing "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler" has now spanned nearly fifteen years. Hampered by limited personal funding for costly translations and only a couple of volunteer editors to assist with the thousands of hours of editing and proofing, the project has slowly, but steadily progressed. The task of being faithful to Adler's meaning and style, yet providing the reader with minimal hindrances to understanding, proved to be more difficult than initially anticipated. Adler's spontaneous, sometimes wandering lecture style is not always easy to follow on the page. We hope our careful revisions will make a deep study of Adler's writings much more manageable..

For readers unfamiliar with Adler's ideas, a brief overview, titled "Basic Principles of Classical Adlerian Psychology," is included in the appendix. Other comprehensive articles, titled "Classical Adlerian Theory and Practice" and "A Psychology of Democracy" have been published in Volumes 1 & 2 of The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler.


Editor's Preface 2004
About the Translator
Chapter I: Character and Talent [1927]
Chapter II: The Feeling of Inferiority and the Striving for Recognition [1927]
Chapter III: Linkages Between Neurosis and a Joke [1927]
Chapter IV: More on Individual Psychological Dream Theory [1927]
Chapter V: The Cause and Prevention of Neurosis [1927]
Chapter VI: Education for Courage [1927]
Chapter VII: Individual Psychology and Science [1927]
Chapter VIII: Alfred Adler on America [1927]
Chapter IX: Feelings and Emotions From the Standpoint of Individual Psychology [1927]
Chapter X: Erotic Training and Erotic Retreat [1927]
Chapter XI: The Burning of Widows and Widow Neurosis [1927]
Chapter XII: Reason, Intelligence, and Feeble-Mindedness [1928]
Chapter XIII: Neurotic Role Play [1928]
Chapter XIV: Psychology and Medicine [1928]
Chapter XV: The Psychology of Power [1928]
Chapter XVI: Individual Psychology and the Theory of Neurosis [1929]
Chapter XVII: A Consultation [1929]
Chapter XVIII: Sleeplessness [1929]
Chapter XIX: The Individual Criminal and His Cure [1929]
Chapter XX: Individual Psychology [1930]
Chapter XXI: Again-The Unity of the Neuroses [1930]
Chapter XXII: A Case of Enuresis Diurnal [1930]
Chapter XXIII: Individual Psychology and Crime [1930]
Chapter XXIV: The Meaning of Life [1931]
Chapter XXV: Trick and Neurosis [1931]
Chapter XXVI: The Structure of Neurosis [1931]
Index
Appendix: "Basic Principles of Classical Adlerian Psychology"
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Volume 1 - "The Neurotic Character"
Volume 2 - "Journal Articles: 1898-1909"
Volume 3 - "Journal Articles: 1910-1913"
Volume 4 - "Journal Articles: 1914-1920"
Volume 5 - "Journal Articles: 1921-1926"
Volume 7 - "Journal Articles: 1931-1937"
Volume 8 - "Lectures to Physicians and Medical Students"
Volume 9 - "Case Histories"
Volume 10 - "Case Readings and Demonstrations"
Volume 11 - "Education for Prevention"
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