On the Essence and Origin of Character: An Introduction
Book Summary: Alfred Adler was one of the most influential thinkers in psychotherapy – a physician, psychiatrist, author, and professor who wanted to answer the questions that plagued people during a significant time in history. His original ideas serve as a foundation for most modern theories of counseling and psychotherapy, ideas and writings that are brought back to life in this volume. Within, contemporary experts comment and introduce Adler's work through the lens of the 21st century. In doing so, they pay tribute to, analyze, and disseminate his classic, seminal papers that have significantly impacted the therapy field.
The 23 papers included were chosen because of their relevance to today's issues, and their importance in Adlerian theory and practice. They detail the core elements of his theory, the tactics he used to advocate change in individuals and systems, and emphasize how contemporary his ideas are. Alfred Adler Revisited not only plays homage to a great professional, it revives his ideas and encourages debate over fundamental human issues.
Bitter, James Robert. 2011. On the Essence and Origin of Character: An Introduction. Alfred Adler Revisited. Jon Carlson, Michael P. Maniacci, Eds. New York, NY: Routledge. 89-97. https://www.amazon.com/Alfred-Adler-Revisited-Jon-Carlson/dp/0415884470 ISBN: 9780415884471