Reflections About Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy: Theory, Practice, and Life

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ending Global Poverty

For a fascinating video lecture by Muhammad Yunus, go to . He made his first loan of $27 to a group of 42 Bangladeshi village women, to help free them from debt to moneylenders and allow them to build their furniture business. He established the Grameen Bank in 1983 to help millions of Bangladeshis escape from poverty. The bank now has branches in more than 36 thousand Bangladeshi villages and in other countries.

Adler Biography Translated into Japanese

Ed Hoffman's excellent biography of Alfred Adler, The Drive for Self, has been translated into Japanese and was published this month. This first biography of Adler to published in Japan was translated by Ichiro Kishimi, an ardent Adlerian, who I had the pleasure of engaging in on online chat back in 1998.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Volume 10 of the CCWAA Just Published! Case Readings & Demonstrations

Volume 10 of "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler" is now available. It contains two newly-formatted collections of case readings and demonstrations. Part 1, "The Problem Child," presents Adler's personal interviews with children, their parents and their teachers, in one of his Viennese clinics.

Part 2, "The Pattern of Life" includes transcriptions of Adler's case readings and demonstration interviews with adults, children, and parents. The demonstration-lecture series was held for students at the New School of Social Research in New York City.

All of these sessions offer a vivid impression of Adler's exceptional ability to make immediate contact with children and adults, his quick, yet profound insights, and his vigorous optimism about human nature. Through his case comments to students, brief interviews with family members, and advice to children, parents, and teachers, he introduced American psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and teachers to a new method of helping families.

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Study Groups for "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler."

A study group has been formed in the San Francisco Bay Area, to read and discuss The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler. Jim Wolf, Dyanne Pienkowski, and Jeanie Cotton plan to meet monthly, and have started in September with Volume 1, "The Neurotic Character." Erik Mansager, the President of NASAP, and a recently appointed instructor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, is using Volumes 1 & 8 of the CCWAA for his course in psychopathology. He plans to propose courses for studying all of the volumes. Hopefully, other Adlerian training institutes will begin including a study of the CCWAA as part of their curriculum. Informal study groups can also be formed to read and discuss the CCWAA regularly. If you'd like some guidance on how to get a study group started, e-mail me at or call me at (360) 647-5670. Abstracts, for all eleven volumes, and a study guide are being prepared and will be published in the spring of 2006.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Is Socrates making a Comeback?

According the Christopher Philips, author of Socrates Cafe, there are now about 150 Socrates Cafes across the United States (we have one, held twice a month at a local bookstore in Bellingham, Washington). The Lyceum School, a 26-pupil, private Catholic academy in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of a few emerging schools dedicated to teaching by the Socratic method, stressing small-group, student-led discussion rather than lectures. In Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice and the Socratic Way, author Tom Morris claims that comic book heroes like Superman, Spiderman, and Batman raise important philosophical questions, as they entertain, like social responsibility, friendship, destiny, and usefulness. Writer Cornel West, in his book Democracy Matters, argues that democracy, as a way of life, requires citizens who are Socratic, and who are willing to raise unsettling issues through Socratic interrogation and critical thinking. The question of how we should lead our lives is being raise in small groups all over the world, like The Merry Philosophers in Orlando, Florida, the Socrates Diners in Melbourne, Australia, and the Socratic Seminars in Germany and Holland. If Starbucks catches the marketing potential of this trend, might we see a Hemlock Latte featured on their menu?

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Pet Therapy

Free association and dream analysis are optional.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Could Developing the Feeling of Equality Increase Life Span?

Sexism May Shorten Men's Lives: Study (Excerpts)

THURSDAY, Sept. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In a somewhat unexpected finding, societal male dominance over women -- patriarchy -- may help explain why men have a lower life expectancy than women worldwide.

British researchers analyzed rates of female murders and male death rates from all causes in 51 countries in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and North and South America. The prevalence of violence against women was used to indicate the extent of patriarchal control in each of the countries. Socioeconomic factors were also taken into consideration.

"Our data suggest that oppression and exploitation harm the oppressors as well as those they oppress," researchers at the University of Liverpool concluded.

The findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. For the complete article, go to,,wbnews_872fb588,00.html?dst=rss|wb.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Optimal City Planning

A remarkable transformation of a city with limited resources and explosive population growth is documented in Chapter 14 (Human Capitalism) of Paul Hawken's book Natural Capitalism. He tells the story of Curitiba, a southeastern Brazilian city with the population of Houston. Under the guidance of Jamie Lerner, their mayor, architect, city-planner, and humanist, the city restored the vibrancy and diversity of its street life. A team of architects and engineers, utilizing vigorous feedback from the community, gradually solved aesthetic, economic, transportation, housing, ecological, educational, nutritional, crime, and even flooding problems, with imagination, cooperation, and breath-taking speed. He infused all of the solutions with a sense of dignity, hope, and respect for all of the city's inhabitants. Curitiba represents an inspiring "symbol of the possible." One wonders what he could do with the restoration of New Orleans.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Comments on "The World is Flat"

In his recent book, The World is Flat, New York Time columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman emphasizes the need for equality, hope, optimism, connection, respect, overcoming egocentricity, and improving the entire world. He proposes economic and educational strategies for individual, small business, corporate, and governmental change. He even recognizes the feeling of humiliation to be at the root of many terrorist acts. Although he comes quite close to ideas and values that Adler articulated more than seventy-five years ago, he draws an unfortunate blank when claiming that a deeper understanding of human nature and how to change individuals is still a mystery. It appears that he has never read the works of Alfred Adler.