Alfred Adler along with his contemporary, Sigmund Freud, are founding figures in the field of psychology and psychotherapy. Although the two were colleagues, Adlerian theory stands in sharp contrast to Freud's early work, and unlike the latter, it has withstood the test of time more effectively regarding its relevance for today's patients and clinicians. This theory, also known as Individual Psychology, stresses the unity of the individual, the subjective choices he or she makes, and the goals the individual works toward as he or she moves through life. Therapists can apply this theory in a variety of settings with populations of all ages, making it a highly practical and valuable approach.
A Primer of Adlerian Psychology offers an accessible, yet very learned, introduction to this school of thought. Written by two scholars with extensive knowledge and experience in Adlerian Psychology, this book covers the basic tenets of Individual Psychology geared toward those students and clinicians who from which the reader can evaluate Adler's theories and where those theories stand today.
The authors have written the book with students in mind and have taken every opportunity to create a user-friendly primer. To help reinforce the lessons taught throughout the book, each chapter concludes with a summary of main points and review questions. Together with the authors' impressive scholarship, this book is an invaluable introductory text for any student or professional interested in learning about this ever practical and dynamic approach to psychotherapy.
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