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January 1932

Individual Psychological Treatment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(1):242-244. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230130248021

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The introduction tells how in 1907 Adler published a monograph entitled "A Study of the Inferiority of Organs." This paper represented a successful attempt to place constitution-pathology on a new basis. With the help of a wealth of clinical material, Adler proved that weakness of certain organ systems creates a predisposition to disease. He indicated the possibility of the organism, physiologically and psychologically, compensating and overcompensating organ inferiorities. In the course of developments Adler turned his attention to psychology, and entered into close relations with Sigmund Freud. But the independence of Adler's ideas, which had their origin directly in the theory of organ inferiority and its compensation, led finally to the breaking of his connection with psychoanalysis. In 1912, Adler left the Vienna Psychoanalytic Union and joined with a number of collaborators and friends, for the further investigation of the way opened by him, the way of "comparative individual psychology."