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September 1930

Das Werden der sittlichen Person. Wesen und Erziehung des Charakters.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(3):666. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220150229023

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Rudolf Allers offers in this "Growth of the Moral Person —The Nature and Education of Character" an interesting rendering and elaboration of Adler's individual psychology in terms of what would be acceptable to Roman Catholicism. He treats of the essence or nature of character and the methods of characterology, the conditions of origin (self-assertion, instinct, will and power, inferiority and compensation, the will and training for community), infantile and childhood characters and difficulties of education, the ideal of character and the efficacy of example, the characterology of the sexes, the later years of childhood, school, puberty and sexual problems, deviates and neurotic characters, insight and self-education.

The book is characteristic of the German spirit of today, written with what would seem to the American an unnecessary severity of style and painstaking thoroughness, and with a strong tendency to abstractness even when perfectly concrete and simple rendering of facts, methods

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