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Unread February 11th, 2006, 08:12 PM
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Default Discussion of CCWAA, Vol. 7, Chapt. XXIV & XXV (Love, Birth Order)

On February 11th, we will begin a discussion of The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler, Volume 7, Chapters XXIV & XXV. The following chapter summaries were prepared by Manu Jaaskelainen.

Ch. XXIV Love is a Recent Invention (1936) is a paper on the concept of love, as Adler understands this very word. Adler says that love is a comparatively recent discovery, and it is an incvention, or a result of evolution. Poets and philosophers have written much about love, but it is for the most part "nonsense," according to Adler. But the percentage of people capable of (perfect) love was always insignificant. Adler writes that hardly anyone is capable to tell what love is; but, at least, he (Adler) can tell what it is not. Love is not physical fascination; it is not lust for conquest; it is not one-sided adoration. The ideal of modern love did not exist until women were emancipated from their social and economic shackles. It is a dyad of equal partners. Adler gives some advice how to achieve this dyad; this advice contains eight main points with many common-sense observations. Finally, Adler says that "in our century, love has emerged from its Dark Ages." However, there are still many factors that inspire the masculine protest in women and the inordinate fear of women in men.

Ch. XXV How Position in the Family Constellation Influences Life-Style (1937) is a paper on birth-order. Adler is famous for his theory of birth-order, so a paper devoted for this theme has an interest of its own. This paper should not be briefly summarized, because the classification of children in first-born, second-born, and so on, is very schematic as such, and a brief summary might confuse more than clarify. Some short comments should be enough: The first-born is person with natural authority, and many of them keep their position even after the second child. The second child is a challenger and faces a competitive situation. Position of the youngest child is very complicated, and depends on the path taken by the older children. The child tend to a situation of the over-protected person, or he will be a challenger, with competitive orientation. In literature, one may find many examples of the situations discussed by Adler. Study the Bible, e.g. the story of Joseph and his brothers, or other literature, e.g. the book Seven Brothers, written by the Finnish classical writer Aleksis Kivi.

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