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Default Re: Discussion of CCWAA, Vol. 9: Case Histories

On October 23rd we will begin a discussion of The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volume 9, Case Histories, Chapters V & VI. The following chapter summaries were prepared by Manu Jaaskelainen.

Ch. V, Neurotic Style of Life and Psychotherapy is a chapter on some phenomena of neurotic compensation. Adler writes that "imperfections in the sense-organs limit the means which a child has of sharing in the life of others. They impose necessary differences of behavior which may be felt as a burden if we do not use wise measures of encouragement. Children with imperfect sight walk cautiously because they are conscious of danger in movement. They are more interested in seeing because it is difficult for them, and if they compensate well, they will become visual types. Poor hearing and handicaps in movement have corresponding compensations." There is a very important paragraph on the principles of psychotherapy in this chapter. Adler describes his own approach very vividly, and how he communicates with the client. "A cure depends on their (the client's and the therapist's) unity in understanding the patient's goal which has been hitherto a heavily guarded goal." There are again some cases, e.g. the story of a boy who believed he was a prophet, a clairvoyant but speechless man, of man who escaped through drinking, and a suicidal medical student.

Ch. VI, Neurotic Use of Emotion, is a study of "tricks of emotions"- Adler used the concept of a "trick" in order to describe what the emotions are doing for a person. On the other hand, the emotions are tricks that the person is employing in order to safeguard his/her neurotic final fictions. There is e.g. a case of a man 53, with agoraphobia. This man wanted to avoid people. One day, he could not breathe properly. - The client was educated his grand-parents, and he had as a child constantly quarreled with his mother. Theclient been married, but the marriage had been a disappointment because of the wife's demands. After the divorce, he became misogynistic. Women had defeated him. He was a spoiled child who wanted everything for nothing. His agoraphobia was the result of his fear of meeting women. Because he was afraid going out, he developed stomach and respiratory troubles. "This fear results from the deeper motive of agoraphobia, which is to exclude all situations in which one is not the center of attention."


To order your copy of Volume 9, go to http://www.Adlerian.us/cwaa-v9.htm .
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