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November 17, 1951

Inferiority Feelings in the Individual and the Group

JAMA. 1951;147(12):1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670290090042

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In this scholarly and carefully arranged volume, which the author refers to as an "inventory," there is presented the history of the development of this subject. It is pointed out that "the idea of feelings of inferiority" was in the air at the beginning of the 20th century, Adler's study on "Organic Inferiorities" in 1907 and Pelmann's work in 1910 on "mental minus-values" being important landmarks in the growth of the concept that Adler developed so extensively. A special chapter presents this in detail, as well as describing events leading to the split between Adler and Freud.

Relation of the feeling of inferiority to numerous everyday situations is considered in a series of chapters, including the family pattern, the labor complex (economic circumstances), envy, sex, art, and racial factors. Major forms of the inferiority complex, neurosis, psychosis, and crime are treated extensively, and other chapters include diagnosis of inferiority feelings,

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