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Online e-Books

New Book: Educating Children for Cooperation and Contribution, Volume I, by Alfred Adler

Volume I features two essential Adlerian classics on child guidance for educators and psychotherapists. Part One contains the first English translation of Adler's book Individual Psychology in the Schools, initially published in 1929 in German, then in 1933 into Dutch, and later in 1936 into Spanish and Hebrew. Part Two contains The Education of Children, originally published in English in 1930, and newly edited for improved readability.

Individual Psychology in the Schools represents Adler's first attempt to introduce Individual Psychology into the schools at the Pedagogical Institute in Vienna. Although he addressed teachers in his lectures, he also hoped to gain the cooperation of psychiatrists, psychologists, and parents in the process of “improving the lot of children, teachers, and families.”

The Education of Children also consists of lecture material. Presenting abundant and detailed insight into personality development, the book was apparently daunting to parents but appealed to a wider range of professionals. Adler emphasized the influence of exaggerated, early feelings of inferiority that can trigger an unhealthy striving for power in a child, often resulting in overt or covert warfare with adults.)

New Book: Educating Children for Cooperation and Contribution, Volume II, by Anthony Bruck, Alfred Adler, & Theodore Grubbe

Volume II offers seven artilces on the art of ghild guideance.The Work of an Adlerian Psychologist in the Schools documents Anthony Bruck's range of educational and therapeutic strategies, including the analysis of written themes, class discussions about behavioral problems, and individual interviews with students. With a host of illustrations, he demonstrates the art of questioning children, leading them gradually to useful insight. In Enlightening Children, Bruck shows us how to utilize a simple, but often profound strategy of clarifying attitudinal and behavioral choices, using the graphic aide of a written "V." He offers a comprehensive case illustration, including verbatim conversations. Influencing the Child, presents Bruck's additional suggestions for parents and teachers, including the use of graphic clarifiers, and his "Ten Commandments of Creative Education," designed to encourage positive attitudes toward the self, others, difficulties, and the other sex.

Three articles by Alfred Adler, Training for Courage, Children's Life Tests, and The Lazy Child emphasize the central importance of preparing children with the right attitude toward difficulties. In The Challenge of Kindergarten, Theodore Grubbe provides a host of practical suggestions for helping children adjust to the school environment.

Book: What Life Should Mean to You by Alfred Adler

Adler's philosophical and eloquent "What Life Should Mean to You," edited by Alan Porter, was originally published in 1931. In this highly readable book, targeting the general public, Adler offered many insights on academic, vocational, and family issues facing adults. Opening with a chapter titled "The Meaning of Life." he stated, "Every person strives for significance, but people always make mistakes if they do not see that their whole significance must consist in their contributions to the lives of others." An online version, in PDF format, with a bookmarked table of contents, is now available. Using Adobe Reader, a Kindle, or any E-Book that reads PDF files, the document may be read, searched, highlighted, and commented for personal study.

Book: Understanding Human Nature by Alfred Adler

Based on Adler's year-long. 1927 public lectures in Vienna, "Understanding Human Nature" was designed for wide American consumption and the book sold in the millions. The material was organized, edited, and translated by the American psychiatrist Walter Beran Wolfe. An online version, in PDF format, with a bookmarked table of contents, is now available. Using Adobe Reader, a Kindle, or any E-Book that reads PDF files, the document may be read, searched, highlighted, and commented for personal study.

Book: Social Interest: A Challenge to Mankind, by Alfred Adler

Originally published in German in 1933 as "Der Sinn des Lebens," (The Meaning of Life), the book was translated into English and published in 1938 as "Social Interest: A Challenge to Mankind." An online version, in PDF format, with a bookmarked table of contents, is now available. Using Adobe Reader, a Kindle, or any E-Book that reads PDF files, the document may be read, searched, highlighted, and commented for personal study.

Book: The Science of Living, by Alfred Adler

At a lecture in Vienna on February 4th, 1930, when Alfred Adler was asked about the best beginning book to read on Individual Psychology, he recommended "The Science of Living." An online version, in PDF format, with a bookmarked table of contents, is now available. Using Adobe Reader, a Kindle, or any E-Book that reads PDF files, the document may be read, searched, highlighted, and commented for personal study.

Book: A Clinican's Guide to The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler (Complete text now online.)

Much more than a standard abstract, A Clinician's Guide to The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler reveals the heart and soul of Individual Psychology with many examples of what Adler said and how he treated patients. Correcting misrepresentations of Adler in textbooks, training programs, and journal articles, it serves as a primer for the Classical Adlerian approach. As an introduction to The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, it describes Adler's theory of personality, philosophy of living, and therapeutic strategies in chapter summaries of all twelve volumes. Using the scope and depth of his approach, clinicians and educators can unravel the most perplexing cases of child, family, adult, and couple treatment.


Book: You Shall be a Blessing: Main Traits of a Religious Humanism, by Alexander Mueller

Much of the discussion of the meaning of social interest has explained its social and psychological dimensions. Adler himself, also commented on the parallels between the views of religion on the process of salvation and Individual Psychological treatment, "In Individual Psychology, during its mild barrage of questions, the erring person experiences grace, redemption, and forgiveness by becoming a part of the whole." Adler also discussed the importance that the idea of God has had as a guiding ideal for mankind toward an ideal society. Alexander Mueller's book, "You Shall Be A Blessing," presents his thought on the deeper philosophical and spiritual aspects of social interest, the roots of which are seen in connection to man's relationship with creation. Mueller's book is packed with wisdom, insight and challenge, adding to Adler's philosophy in a way that will at times move the reader and then leave him with an altered picture of himself in the world.



Online Video and Audio

Video: Remembrances of Adler, Freud, Jung, & Other Pioneers in Psychology (1 hour)

Highlights of Her 47 Years of Practicing Adlerian Psychology, Including Recollections of: Charlotte Bühler - Rudolf Dreikurs - August Eichorn - Martha Holub - Ludwig Klages - Fritz Künkel - Ida Loewy - Maria Montessori - Alexander Müller - Edward Schneider - Lydia Sicher - Blanche Weill

Video: Training of a Classical Aderian Psychotherapist (2 hours)

In the two-hour discussion between Sophia de Vries and Henry Stein, nearly 200 topics about Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy (CADP) are covered. Sophia de Vries studied with Alfred Adler, Lydia Sicher, Alexander Mueller, Fritz Kunkel, Ida Loewy, Martha Holub, Rudolf Dreikurs, August Eichorn, Charlotte Buhler, Karl Buhler, Ludwig Klages, Karl Jung, Ernst Kretschmer, and Maria Montessori.

Video: Birth Order: Sense and Nonsense - An Adlerian View (40 minutes)

In this interview of Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., by Mick Conefry of BBC/TV, several major issues about birth order are discussed: the influence and limitations of birth order theory, the relevance of birth order theory in Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy; and other significant influences on personality development. Originally recorded on February 2nd, 1999 at the Alfred Adler Institute of San Francisco.

Video: Demonstration of Classical Adlerian Brief Therapy (10 minutes)

Henry T. Stein, Ph.D., demonstrates Classical Adlerian Brief Therapy with a colleague who role-plays one of her clients. The client begins by complaining about an indifferent husband who used to be nicer. Using a Socratic style of questioning, Dr. Stein diplomatically explores what the client has omitted in the relationship, eventually focusing on what she could do differently to engage her husband positively, even to surprise him, and to consider what else she might do to improve the situation. (Requires Apple QuickTime Player.)

Video: Discusssion of Brief Therapy Demonstration (15 minutes)

After the demonstration, Dr. Stein explains his therapeutic strategies and responds to questions from the group. The therapist's optimism and faith in what the client could do, provides a persistent stream of encouragement, even if it only stimulates doubt in her current, limited beliefs. The benefits of group work and role-playing, as well as memories, dreams, and fantasies are also clarified. (Requires Apple QuickTime Player.)

Video: Alfred Adler - Fox Movietone Newsreel Clip from 1929 (2 minutes)

The original newsreel clip of Alfred Adler was filmed by Fox Movietone News on June 17, 1929 in Vienna, Austria. The archived film, at the University of South Carolina Film Library, is in fair condition (considering its age), with some scratches and other blemishes. Consequently, the video copy, and subsequent streaming file, are of modest quality. The audio, however, is quite clear. If you can accept the technical limitations (including lip-sync lapses), you will enjoy this rare film of Adler. The Alfred Adler Institute of Northwestern Washington has been licensed by the University of South Carolina Film Library to present this clip on its web site as streaming video. The material is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or part.

Video: Alfred Adler Film Clip (Date unknown - 30 seconds)

The origin of this brief film clip is unknown. Although Adler speaks in English, the subtitles are in German.

Audio: Lydia Sicher Lecturing in Los Angeles, California (Date Unkown - 2 minutes)

The original audio tapes were recordings of a series of lectures to a wide variety of audiences in Los Angeles, recorded between 1950-1961, then later transcribed and used by Adele Davidson in her book, Lyida Sicher: An Adlerian Perspective. Sicher's accent and the recording quality, make some words difficult to understand, but the recording provide a brief flavor of her presentation.

Audio: Anthony Bruck Lecturing About Children (1977 - 4 minutes)

A series of five one-hour lectures was presented to a group of therapists and students, in San Rafael, California, about Bruck's approach to working with children and counseling by mail. In this excerpt he comments on nine categories of children he has oberved in his work as a school psychologist.

Audio: "Substance Abuse from a Classical Adlerian Perspective" - Dyanne Pienkowski (48 minutes)

Dyanne Pienkowski, a Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist and Training Analyst, gave a presentation at the IAIP Congress in Chicago, in Ausgust, 1999. Her thesis: the similarities between the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Classical Adlerian Psychology are fascinating; the founders of AA may have been influenced by Adler's ideas, especially his views of the interconnectedness of all of life, the importance of cooperation and social interest, and the feeling of inferiority as an impetus for striving toward completion or superiority. A creative integration of Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy and the philosophy of AA can be extremely useful in the treatment of recovering addicts and alcoholics. Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy offers a unique and effective means of creating a bridge of cooperation between the therapist, the client, and the AA community. This bridge can gradually awaken the creative power of the client and increase his social interest. AA is an important support system, however, it is not psychotherapy and cannot assist the client in dissolving his style of life and fictional final goal--this is the task of depth psychotherapy.



Theme Packs

Theme Pack 1: Birth Order - "How Position in the Family Constellation Influences Life Style," by Alfred Adler. Adler explores the difficulties facing oldest, second, youngest, and only children in a family. He also illustrates the influences of pampering, dethronement, and sexual roles. Chapter XXV from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 2: Dreams - "On the Interpretation of Dreams," by Alfred Adler. After presenting a short summary of Freud's contributions to dream theory, Adler offers a contrasting perspective of dreams (with illustrations) as attempts to solve the problems of life, away from common sense--toward an unconscious style of life. Chapter XXI from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 3: Substance Abuse "Narcotic Abuse and Alcoholism," by Alfred Adler. Rather than struggling to solve a difficult problem, the substance abuser often seeks quick relief. Adler suggests a series of penetrating interview questions that reveal what is being avoided, and discusses the lack of preparation problem-solving since early childhood. Chapter VII from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 4: Early Recollections "Significance of Early Recollections," by Alfred Adler. When correctly understood in relation to the rest of an individual's life, early recollections (although often imagined) contain the central interests of that person. They give us valuable hints and clues in finding the direction of a person's striving and style of life. Chapter XXVI from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler" - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 5: Striving & Social Interest - "The Origin of the Striving for Superiority & Social Interest," by Alfred Adler. Every individual strives for completeness. Variations are the striving for perfection, superiority, and power, yielding different degress of social usefulness. The basic direction of human evolution is social feeling which needs social understanding in order to develop. Chapter XXVI from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 6: Criminals & Crime - "Individual Psychololgy and Crime," by Alfred Adler. In criminals, social interest is deeply disturbed, or in some cases non-existent. Not interested in others, he can cooperate only to a certain degree. When this level is exhausted, and a problem is too difficult for him, he turns to crime. Chapter XXIII from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 6.

Theme Pack 7: Philosophy - "The Meaning of Life," by Alfred Adler. Feeling valuable results from a successful contribution to others and is the only direction in which the average inferiority feelings of people experience a successful compensation. To be valuable means to have contributed. Thus, human happiness can be found only in applied social interest. Chapter XXIV from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 6.

Theme Pack 8: Inferiority & Striving -"The Feeling of Inferiority and the Striving for Recognition," by Alfred Adler. In children, there is a basic human need to compensate for the feeling of inferiority with an increased quest for recognition. We should never demand more than the child can accomplish, because at this point most of our errors in education begin. Educators should not use physical or psychological punishment, not ridicule children, or humiliate them in any way. Chapter II from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 6.

Theme Pack 9: Character & Talent - "Character and Talent," by Alfred Adler. Talent is not inherited, and the possibilities and potentialities of any individual for performance are not fixed, nor are intellectual and other talents separated from the totality of the personality. One must first understand this totality before attempting to judge the level of performance in any sensible way. Adler emphasizes the role of training and the struggle to overcome difficulties and defects. Chapter I from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 6.

Theme Pack 10: Love and Marriage - "Love is a Recent Invention," "Marriage as a Mutual Task," "Disturbances in Love Relationships," & "Marriage as a Responsibility," by Alfred Adler. According to Adler, the ideal of modern love did not exist until women were emancipated from their social and economic shackles; it is a dyad of equal partners. From this perspective, many of the early writings of poets and philosophers about love are for the most part "nonsense." If the early impulses of affection in a child are accompanied by a felt weakness, later in adulthood, mature love will be incompatible with a striving for personal power. The decision to marry, from both partners, ought to spring from a mutual striving for humaneness. Chapters XIX, XXVII, & XXXVI from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 5, and Chapter XXIV from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 11: Influencing Children - "Problem Children" and "The Child's Symptom Selection," by Alfred Adler. Adler stresses the futility of dominance and punishment in influencing children. In order to gain a child's respect and cooperation, an adult must approach the child with a feeling of equality and engage the child in a friendly discussion to solve problems for mutual benefit. Children who feel intimidated by adults, often resort to lying, deception, and annoying symptoms to defeat their adversary. Chapter XXXIV from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 5, and Chapter II from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 12: The Roots of Child Guidance - "The Physician as Educator" and "The Child's Need for Affection," by Alfred Adler. In his earlist writings as a physician, before developing his principles of psychological theory and practice, Adler urges the medical community to look at the education of children. He stresses the avoidance of punishment as well as the seminal importance of affection. These articles foreshadow his later conception of social interest as a central factor in personality development. Chapter VI from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 2, and Chapter XIII from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 2.

Theme Pack 13: Criminals and Cure - "The Individual Criminal and His Cure" and "Neurosis and Crime," by Alfred Adler. The paper is a study on the ciminal's private logic: on his egoism, greed, and the exclusion of other people. All people around the criminal are there only to satisfy his needs and cravings. Many people also find a feeling of superiority when they resist laws, police, and authorities in general. Adler believes that a harsh education may be a contributing cause in the development of a criminal personality, but more important, is how much the hardships experienced during the "tender years" are in conflict with the person's real feeling of himself. Chapter XIX from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 6, and Chapter XIII from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 5.

Theme Pack 14: Preventing Delinquency - "Where Should the Struggle Against Delinquency Begin?" and "The Structure and Prevention of Delinquency," by Alfred Adler. Although Adler believes that the preventing delinquency must be advanced from many fronts, from the family to the government, he centers on the school as the most likely place to begin. He emphasizes that crime occurs where social interest, empathy and sympathy are insufficiently developed, criminals regarding other people merely as objects. The challenge is for parents and teachers to recognize the critical, early development of social interest as the best prevention of delinquency. Chapter I from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 5, and Chapter XIX from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 7.

Theme Pack 15: Creative Power - "Striving Toward Ideal Form" by Alfred Adler. Adler clarifies the individual's role in the steady steam of evolution, pushed by the early blessing of inferiority feelings, pulled by an imagined ideal of completion, and fueled by creative power. These powerful vectors of striving to overcome difficulties and the imagining of ideal solutions fuel the engine of social evolution. Yet, small to monumental errors can be made, and Adler recognizes the dangers of early mistaken directions that hinder socially useful improvements. His genius lies in the early recognition of positive and negative tendencies and strategies for correcting the individual's life course. Chapter II from The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Volume 12.


Graphics and Tables to Illustrate Concepts

Overview of Classical Adlerian Psychology
Feelings of Inferiority in Early Childhood (Concept Map)
Five Fields of Striving from Inferiority to Significance
Striving for Significance (Concept Map)
Feeling of Community - Circles of Human Embeddedness
Developmental Sequence of the Feeling of Community (Table)
Style of Life Tree - Roots of Personality Development
The Style of Life (Concept Map)
Tasks of a Classical Adlerian Psychotherapist - Therapeutic Spiral
Overcoming Self-Discouragement with the "Perhaps" Bridge
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the Stages of Psychotherapy


Transcribed Demonstrations & Interviews

Demonstration of the Socratic Method in Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy - A Man Who Procrastinates
Demonstration of the Socratic Method in Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy - A Depressed Man
(Preview) Training of a Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapist - Sophia de Vries Interviewed by Henry Stein
(Preview) Remembrances of Alfred Adler, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Other Early Contributors to Psychology - Sophia de Vries Interviewed by Henry Stein
(Preview) Birth Order: Sense and Nonsense - Henry Stein Interviewed by BBC-TV


Unpublished and Out-of-Print Articles and Lectures

(Preview) The Use of Fiction in Psychotherapy: A Contribution to Bibliotherapy, by Sofie Lazarsfeld
(Preview) Ten Years of Consultation Work in Vienna (Free Child Guidance Clinics), by Sofie Lazarsfeld


Articles From The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler

How I Chose My Career, by Alfred Adler
Unique Goal of Overcoming, by Alfred Adler


Questions and Answers About Classical Adlerian Psychology

112 Questions From Discussion Forums and Answers by Henry Stein (Preview)


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