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January 1932

A B C of Adler's Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(1):244-245. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230130250022

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This little book is certainly not an "A B C" for beginners, but a closely argued brief upholding the adlerian point of view. The author is erudite in philosophy. It would have been better to have named the book, "Fundamental Conceptions of Individual Psychology." In the author's own words:

"This book attempts only to give the leading ideas of Individual Psychology, and a sketch of their origins. It is meant for the general reader who may be aware that he, like every one else, is a psychologist in practice, however unsystematic. Even the few proven principles here outlined would be, if applied to experience with sufficient alertness and elasticity of mind, of great help to the practical knowledge of human nature."

Chapter I discusses the basis of modern psychology, which seems to be the conception of the unconscious as vital memory — biologic memory. Freud took the memories of success

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