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Default Discussion of CCWAA, Vol. 7, Chapt. IV & V (Compulsion Neurosis & Pampered Children)

On November 21st, we will begin a discussion of The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volume 7, Chapters IV & V. The following chapter summaries were prepared by Manu Jaaskelainen.

Ch. IV Compulsion Neurosis (1931) is one of the many contributions Adler wrote for medical journals. Initially Adler failed in his attempts to get a recognition from the medical profession, as his request for a position of a Dozentur in the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna was rejected, following a four-year close examination of the documents he had submitted to the faculty. Later on, this initial failure was richly compensated by the publication of several contributions in medical journals; Adler also held an academic chair in United States. The paper on Compulsion Neurosis is one of these contributions to medical journals. The chapter begins with the recapitulation of some historical landmarks in the development of IP, and the continues to examine some basic traits in compulsion neurosis. One prominent trait is the neurotic tendency to create safeguards. It is not a means to defend against suppressed sexual desires, but a method to gain superiority in order to attain the goals of the person. Numerous case studies illustrate the argument.

Ch. V Pampered Children (1931) was originally an opening address at the fifth International Congress for IP in Berlin, in September 1930. That year, it was possible to organize a conference on IP in Berlin; soon, such an attempt would be impossible. Adler comments on the parental love that in some cases the bonding with one the parents, mostly with the mother, can be excessive. The pampered child lacks the courage to enter or to seek new relationships, for fear of failure. Adler presents a number of case studies in order to illustrate his arguments. For many people, their lifestyle can be a hindrance in the way of adapting to the realities of the everyday life. The egoism of the pampered people may become a real obstacle in the way to normal life that demands social feeling.

To order your copy of Volume 7, go to http://go.ourworld.nu/hstein/cwaa-v7.htm .
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