Alfred Adler: What Life Should Mean to You (1931)
January 27, 2015 § 1 Comment
Adler’s philosophical and eloquent “What Life Should Mean to You,” edited by Alan Porter, was originally published in 1931. In this highly readable book, targeting the general public, Adler offered many insights on academic, vocational, and family issues facing adults. Opening with a chapter titled “The Meaning of Life.” he stated, “Every person strives for significance, but people always make mistakes if they do not see that their whole significance must consist in their contributions to the lives of others.”
Alfred Adler’s famous comment, “My psychology belongs to everyone!” emphasized his commitment to uncovering the mystery of human nature for the general public. His supremely clear, yet profound insights about preventing and curing mental illness and crime, as well as a philosophy for leading a happy and fulfilled life, were articulated in a series of four books. Today, Adler’s vigorous committment to overcoming the deadly virus of inequality at all levels of life, provides a deeply relevant guide today for achieving truly democratic living in all of our relationships: in our families, in our work, in our communities, and in our nation. Adler’s original, popular writings are unequaled sources of inspiration, offering superb introductions to his theory, philosophy, and practice for students, instructors, and clinicians..
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Rather than purporting to know life’s meaning, Adler set out in “What Life Could Mean to You” to help each of us create our “own” meaning for our life. He examines a wide range of themes common to all our lives, including family and school influences; adolescent development; feelings of superiority and inferiority; the importance of cooperation; the “problems of work, friendship, and love and marriage; and the individual and society. Through a fuller understanding of these areas of life and the value of each person, Adler shows how to overcome the limitations of our past and develop the courage and confidence to transform ourselves–and the world in which we live. “We must make our own lives,” Adler writes. “It is our own task and we are capable of performing it. If something new must be done or something old replaced, no one can do it but ourselves. If life is approached in this way, as a cooperation of independent human beings, there are no limits to the progress of our human civilization.”
A contemporary of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler was born in a Vienna suburb to a Jewish grain merchant. After becoming a medical doctor, Adler went on to found Individual Psychology and write more than 300 books and papers on child psychology, marriage, education, and the principles of individual psychology. Adler died in 1937 and is recognized along with Freud and Jung as one of the three great fathers of modern psychotherapy.
The Adler Collection is also available to you which includes “What Life Could Mean To You” as well as the following two publications: “Understanding Life” which is an inspiring work that offers direction and wise counsel for increasing awareness of self, one’s motivations, and the importance of each person’s unique contribution to society; and “Understanding Human Nature” which is as relevant today as when written, this timely reprint of a classic in individual psychology shows the way to increased understanding of ourselves and our role in society.
- Author: Alfred Adler (1870–1937)
- Publisher: Capricorn Books, New York
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.3 x 1.7 cm (vertical)
- 300 pages
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