Originally published in 1930, this title looks at the education of children. Adler believes the problems from a psychological point of view are the same as for adults, that of self-knowledge and rational self-direction. However, the difference being that due to the ‘immaturity of children, the question of guidance – never wholly absent in the case of adults – takes on supreme importance.’ The title starts by presenting the Individual Psychology viewpoint as a whole, with the later chapters undertaking to tackle in more depth the various interrelated problems of children’s education.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Unity of Personality 3. The Striving for Superiority and Its Educational Significance 4. Directing the Superiority Striving 5. The Inferiority Complex 6. The Development of the Child: Preventing the Inferiority Complex 7. Social Feeling and the Obstacles to Its Development 8. The Child’s Position in the Family: The Psychology of the Situation and the Remedy 9. The New Situation as a Test of Preparation 10. The Child at School 11. Influences from Outside 12. Adolescence and Sex Education 13. Pedagogical Mistakes 14. Educating the Parent. Appendix 1: An Individual Psychological Questionnaire. Appendix 2: Five Case Histories with Commentaries.