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February 1930

The Case of Miss R. The Interpretation of a Life Story.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(2):405-406. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220080189015

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The behavior of psychoneurotic patients is so complicated that formulations of the essential points of an individual case vary widely according to different psychopathologic points of view. Undoubtedly there are chains of events in neurotic developments to which the chief tenets of Adler's individual psychology are well fitted. The question is only how frequent the cases are which are best understood on this plane of neurotic "arrangements" (Adler). This presentation of the case of Miss R affords an excellent opportunity for an unbiased acquaintance with the author's individual psychology in action, showing at once its strength and weaknesses.

The history of the patient, as she wrote it down herself, is given in full, interspersed throughout with Dr. Adler's comments. He states expressly that he has never seen the patient. He gives interpretations of each sentence or paragraph of the patient's story as if she were in his office and telling