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

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Friday, October 21, 2005

A Voice for Life

Edward Hoffman's article about Victor Frankl, "A Voice for Life," can be found here.
"Much to Freud’s scorn, Adler optimistically taught that kindness is innate in human nature and could be effectively nurtured by good parenting and empathic education.

During the 1920s, Frankl became an ardent Adlerian, and then trained for a specialty in psychiatry-neurology. His patients included many Austrians forced out of work by the Depression and feeling hopeless. When they heeded Frankl’s guidance to initiate volunteer work and focus less on their own woes, their depression usually lifted. Frankl thus became convinced that our sense of daily purpose is a vital trait.

In his final decades, Frankl spoke out authoritatively against physician-assisted suicide."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Children's Life Tests - Alfred Adler

An unpublished article by Alfred Adler, Children's Life Tests, can be found at It was edited by Edward Hoffman.

"We can never tell whether a child has been rightly prepared for life until he or she is faced with a difficulty. This is true even regarding a small baby. As long as individuals, young or old, are not challenged--put through a test, we might say--we know practically nothing about their prior emotional-social training and present capability. Therefore, life-tests are always necessary if we are to understand children."

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Adlerian Humor: Unusual Presenting Problem in Marital Therapy

Does his insurance cover all family members?