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Henry Stein July 3rd, 2004 04:14 PM

Welcome to the Forum - Ten Year Progress!
Welcome to our elegant, new forum interface, an appealing, efficient format for discussing the contemporary practice of Classical Adlerian Psychotherapy, based on Alfred Adler's original teachings and style of treatment, and enhanced by the inspiring ideas of Abraham Maslow. For an abundance of online material covering a wide range of topics, visit the Classical Adlerian Psychology web site at To gain a comprehensive overview, read "Classical Adlerian Theory and Practice" at For a perspective on Adler's relevance today, read "A Psychololgy for Democracy" at

Classical Adlerian psychology is a values-based, fully-integrated, theory of personality, model of psychopathology, philosophy of living, strategy for preventative education, and technique of psychotherapy. Its mission is to encourage the development of psychologically healthy and cooperative individuals, couples, and families, in order to effectively pursue the ideals of social equality and democratic living. A vigorously optimistic and inspiring approach to psychotherapy, it balances the equally important needs for individual, optimal development and social responsibility.

Join us for a study and discussion of "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler." This is a rare opportunity to explore the fascinating development of Adler's theory. Your questions and comments are invited. Please register as a forum member. When reading longer message threads, please note that you will need to select the next page links (at the lower right side of the page) to get to the last message of that thread.

Henry Stein September 5th, 2004 10:51 AM

Re: Welcome to the Classical Adlerian Discussion Forum
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Henry Stein October 23rd, 2004 08:52 AM

Re: Welcome to the Classical Adlerian Discussion Forum
A Growing Community!

We now have forum registrations from Adlerians in the following countries: Canada, Holland, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Spain, and the United States. Within the U.S., Adlerians from California, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington have joined.

Henry Stein October 29th, 2004 05:28 PM

Re: Welcome to the Classical Adlerian Discussion Forum - Latest News!
Something for Everyone!

Two primary discussion threads have evolved in the last four months: we have generated penetrating, scholarly exchanges covering twelve of Adler's early journal articles (1898-1908) from "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler," Volume 2; and started a thread titled "Adler From the Ground Up," an easy, gradual introduction to Adler's ideas. Whatever your background, we have something to enrich your knowledge of Classical Adlerian psychology. Join us for an extraordinary opportunity to learn from, question, or challenge the opinions of an astute group of experienced Adlerians from all over the world. (And you don't have to leave the country!)

Henry Stein November 1st, 2004 10:59 AM

Re: Welcome to the Classical Adlerian Discussion Forum - Mind Map for Navigation
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Mind Map for Navigation

Classical Adlerian Psychology has many facets of philosophy, theory, and practice that integrate into an elegant, coherent whole. For an aerial view of this "big picture" see the attached "Map of Classical Adlerian Psychology." It has been posted as a pdf file for universal accessibility. If you need the free Acrobat reader, go to

Henry Stein November 28th, 2004 11:03 AM

Re: Welcome to the Classical Adlerian Discussion Forum - New Mind Map for Navigation
Searching Options

If you haven't already tried this useful function, give it a whirl. You can search the entire forum or the individual threads. Just select "Search This Forum" from the main level or "Search This Thread" at the thread level. The word you are seeking will then appear highlighted in red within the messages presented.

Henry Stein January 8th, 2005 01:11 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - New Article About Psychotherapy w/Case Illustration
New Article About Psychotherapy w/Glossary & Case Illustration

A new article, Classical Adlerian Pschotherapy, by Henry T. Stein, Ph.D. and Martha E. Edwards, Ph.D. has recently been published as Chapter IV in the Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy (Elsevier Science). The article, including an overview of Adlerian theory and practice, a glossary of terms, and a case illustration, is available online at

The two-volume Encyclopedia, comprising 1,600 pages, contains 160 articles from 300 contributors, and covers the major psychotherapies currently in practice, as well as the classical approaches that laid the foundation for the various contemporary treatment approaches. In addition, the Encyclopedia identifies the scientific studies conducted on the efficacy of the therapies and reviews the theoretical basis of each therapy.

The inclusion of this article in the Encyclopedia is a testament to the growing recognition of Classical Adlerian Psychology as the leading force in the emerging renaissance of Alfred Adler's ideas.

Henry Stein January 24th, 2005 08:41 PM

Just Published!!! Volume 7 of "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler"
Just Published!!! Volume 7 of "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler," Journal Articles 1931-1937
Birth Order & Early Memories, Social Interest & Education, Technique of Treatment

Adler’s journal articles, written between 1931 and 1937, encapsulate the most mature expression of his ideas on theory and practice. Of the twenty-eight articles included in this volume, five are devoted to child development: selection of symptoms, consequences of pampering, prevention of delinquency, and education. Another five cover theoretical issues: self-consistent unity of personality, structures of psychic activity, striving for superiority, and social interest. In three articles about psychopathology, he addresses the neurotic’s character, symptoms, and picture of the world, as well as the prevention of neurosis; five more articles contain his ideas on compulsion neurosis, fear of women, alcohol and drug abuse, the mind-body connection, and psychosomatic disturbances. He offers practical diagnostic guidance in two articles about family constellation and earliest recollections. Finally, he provides a dramatic comparison to psychoanalysis, and then a rare insight into the technique of psychotherapy. This volume is an essential resource for anyone wishing to gain an in-depth understanding of Adler’s remarkable, timeless insights into human nature and their yet-to-be-realized potential.

To order your copy of Volume 7, go to

Henry Stein May 18th, 2005 07:00 PM

Volume 8 of CCWAA Just Published!
Order a Copy Now: Volume 8 of "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler" - Lectures to Physicians and Medical Students

Volume eight comprises a rare find, twenty-eight of Adler's unpublished lectures to medical students and physicians. From November to December, 1932, Adler gave a weekly series of seven postgraduate lectures in English at the Long Island College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He also gave a series of at least fifteen lectures in German (dates unknown) at what was identified only as an "Urban Hospital," somewhere in Europe. Because all of these manuscripts appear to have been either stenographic notes or transcriptions, they required extensive re-writing to improve style and readability.

In his lectures to medical students at the Long Island College of Medicine, (Chapters I-VII) Adler provides a compact overview of Individual Psychology, made three-dimensional with an abundance of case illustrations. He spans the disciplines of medicine and psychology with astute insight and practicality, addressing the challenges of the mind-body influences; the use of symptoms, illness and pain; the abuse of drugs; the proper use of medication; and the symptoms of sleeplessness, stuttering, enuresis, and sexual dysfunction.

His lectures to physicians at the Urban Hospital (Chapters VIII-XXII) focus more deeply on psychopathology, including the full spectrum from neurosis to psychosis. With impressive skill, he integrates medical and psychological histories in a rich variety of case illustrations followed by several live demonstrations of interviews with patients. His prodigious medical knowledge and psychological insight provide us with a rarely equaled, inspiring example of diagnostic and therapeutic ability. To orient the reader on the material in chapters I-XXII, the table of contents was expanded to include sub-topics. Six additional unpublished lectures (Chapters XXII-XXVIII), with some post-lecture discussion, are also included in this volume: "Differences in Psychic Compensation," "Discussion of Compulsion Neurosis," "Freud's Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious," "The Etiology and Treatment of Neurosis," "Crime and Neurosis," and "Case of Man With Compulsion Neurosis."

All of these never-before-published manuscripts add to our appreciation of Adler's remarkable understanding of human nature and the cure for mental suffering. His unique synthesis of psychological and medical knowledge, as well as his exceptional, creative intuition, provide us with a timeless, profound resource in our continuing quest for improving our therapeutic abilities. Studying all of Adler's clinical writings, again and again, builds the essential foundation of theoretical mastery and feeling, upon which the practice of Classical Adlerian psychotherapy is built.

To order a copy of Volume 8, go to

George Neeson May 24th, 2005 08:19 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Volume 8 of the CCWAA Just Published !!!
The Good News! :D

Well the good news is that for the first time that I know of, in the English language, we have Adler in his maturity with the fullness of his elegant theory playing like the sweet heavenly sounds of a Frere Casavant pipe organ, or a "Strad" violin in a complete and scholarly translation. I have just read the first two chapters and it is a delight. Any serious Adlerian psychologist must add this book to his/her reading!

The Bad News! :eek:

We all need to read the prior seven volumes again and again and again. This theory is like string theory in cosmology. It is a veritable theory of everything in psychology but its nuances are subtle and deep. Henry has had the rich privilege of training with Sophia whom he quotes as saying that she "read some of Adler every day". Only the truly educated and wise would do such a thing. To learn this psychology is a task that is never done; a work that is always in progress, but such a joy and such a help to a suffering mankind.

I commend this book and thank Henry and Gerry who have laboured so long and hard in this wonderful translation project. Hats of to you both and my utmost thanks.

Henry Stein June 23rd, 2005 03:58 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Volume 9 of the CCWAA Just Published !!!
Volume 9 Just Published!!!

"Volume 9 of "The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler - Case Histories" brings together three of Adler's books: "Problems of Neurosis," "The Case of Mrs. A.," and "The Case of Miss R." Although these books were previously published in English, the text required substantial editing for readability. Adler's diagnostic brilliance now shines through without the distractions of dated terminology and awkward phrasing.

Volume 9 is a "must read" for anyone interested in the art of life style analysis. His remarkable theory springs to life in this superb series of richly varied case histories.

To order your copy of Volume 9, go to

Henry Stein September 24th, 2005 08:34 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Volume 9 of the CCWAA Just Published !!!
Volume 10 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.

Order your copy of Volume 10 now by going to

Henry Stein April 27th, 2006 04:49 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Volume 11 & 12 of the CCWAA Now Available !!!
**Two New Books for Adlerian Educators and Therapists**
Vol. 11 & 12 of The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler

We are proud to announce the first English publication of two
remarkable works by Alfred Adler: "Individual Psychology in the
Schools," and "the General System of Individual Psychology."

Individual Psychology in the Schools," in Vol. 11 of the CCWAA,
represents Adler's first attempt to introduce Individual Psychology
into the schools at the Pedagogical Institute in Vienna. Although he
primarily addressed more than six hundred teachers in his lectures
between 1924-1927, he also hoped to gain the cooperation of
psychiatrists, psychologists, and parents in the process of "improving
the lot of children, teachers, and families." During this period,
"anyone can learn anything" became his famous educational motto. To
order, go to

The General System of Individual Psychology, in Vol. 12 of the
CCWAA, is an unpublished manuscript by Alfred Adler that was
discovered in the Library of Congress. The thirteen undated lectures,
identified as "chapters," form a complete series that Adler presented
in English, probably in New York City. Adler's terminology and style
suggests that the lectures were given later in his career, and
represent a summary of his matured theory of the personality, as well
as principles of prevention and treatment. To order, go to

Henry Stein June 26th, 2006 10:02 AM

An Essential Resource for Adlerian & Psychodynamic Psychotherapists
For the first time, Alfred Adler’s pioneering works in depth
psychology have been masterfully translated, and edited by
experienced, Classical Adlerian clinicians. The twelve-volume set
includes his clinical books and over two hundred journal articles in
their entirety, with clarifying footnotes and endnotes. Throughout
these volumes, Adler embraces a remarkable range of psychological,
educational, and philosophical topics. Many of the articles have
never been published before in English.

The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler is essential reading for
all clinicians, professors, and students of psychology who want to
capture the completeness and depth of Adlerian theory and practice
beyond his highly simplified, popular writings, or the abbreviated
works of other authors.

Students and researchers can now explore a vast range of psychological
subjects in a comprehensive reference work. Adler’s early writings
and his conceptual development can be easily traced through the
chronological arrangement of the material. His fully matured theory,
principles of practice, and abundant case analyses are featured in the
last five volumes. Volume 12 includes an overview of current
Classical Adlerian psychotherapeutic practice. Detailed indexes of
each volume facilitate topical searches.

Go to

Henry Stein August 3rd, 2006 02:32 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Ten Year Progress!
This week, we passed a significant milestone in the recognition of Classical Adlerian psychology--our main web page counter at has logged 500,000 visitors to our home page since we installed it in 1996. Curious about the volume and source of web page visitors, we recently installed additional, more refined counters that reveal the total number of visitors to all of our pages, as well as their states and countries. To our surprise and delight we discovered that the actual number of visitors to all of our pages has grown steadily from about 20/day in 1996 to almost 600/day in 2006. This now computes to about 200,000 visitors/year, and an estimated total of 1,000,000 visitors to all of our pages in the past ten years!

Although we were able to identify all the states and ninety countries of our visitors, we recently discovered a visually simple and appealing way to illustrate this information. In the upper left hand corner of our home page, at, under "statistics," you will see a small world map. If you click the "zoom' button, it will display a larger ClustrMap revealing the pattern and volume of visitors from all over the world.

Rita Schaad March 18th, 2008 06:59 AM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Ten Year Progress!
It's been a while since this last post - and also my participation in the Forum.
Congratulations on the success with the web site. Like all these 1000s of people searching the site I have recently found your information about Children's issues. They are very easy to read and refresh stages and strategies and such.Thank you so much.
But I wonder if you could direct me to a relevant article or professional that could answer my current question.
A child in my care who just turned one year has displayed such a strong 'Tantrum' today that I was really astonished. His looks 'thrown' at me were of such intensity and the force and strength he displayed with his body took me unawares. I have handeled all sorts of temperaments but have not come accross one at such an early age.
I feel to know now the reason of his discomfort, but to react in such a way has really caught me unprepared and made me search out this area a bit more.
Thanks for your comments
Rita Schaad

Henry Stein March 18th, 2008 09:35 AM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Ten Year Progress!

Welcome back to the forum. The symptom of a ferocious tantrum is certainly impressive, but without knowing more about the child's general upbringing, as well as the circumstances preceeding the tantrum, it is difficult to understand the reason for his discomfort. However, it is not appropriate to discuss specific cases on a public forum. The first thing I'd check is if there are any immediate medical issues. Try reading The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volume 11, Education for Prevention, Part 2, Chapter IX, "The New Situation as a Test of Preparation."

Rita Schaad March 18th, 2008 08:52 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Ten Year Progress!
Thank you Henry
I will have to order Volume 11 from your website - easy done!
Of course I understand that personal cases cannot be discussed on this Forum, but will endeavour to be mindful of medical and other issues that you alluded to.
Thanks again

MidwestMainer July 28th, 2010 01:13 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Ten Year Progress!
I'm looking for a 'place' to ask questions and gain feedback. I am fairly new to Adler but find reading Adlerian ideas/beliefs feels a bit like validation to the thoughts and feelings about parenting I could never put into words, or sometimes into practice.

I would like to have a resource to use when I'm stuck, or would like to discuss an idea, or get an opinion. I'd prefer to do this in a casual setting.

Is this forum a good match or do you have a recommendation?


Henry Stein July 28th, 2010 02:16 PM

Re: Welcome to the Forum - Ten Year Progress!
The BOL General Forum includes a comment by editor John Grohol:
"Behavior Online is a professional community made up of professors, researchers, psychologists, mental health professionals and students who come together to discuss relevant professional issues in the psychology and behavioral healthcare field."
If you feel that your questions fit this description, please post them in this forum. However, more "casual" discussions about Adlerian Psychology may be found at

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