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Unread April 19th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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Default Re: Parallels to and Research in Adlerian Psychology - Human Rights & Equality

Two recent reviews ("Natural, Equal, Universal" by Gordon Wood, N.Y. Times Book Review, 4/8/07, and "Sentimental Education: The Invention of Human Rights," by Joanna Burke, Harpers Magazine, May 2007) of "Inventing Human Rights: A History," by Lynn Hunt, trace the evolution of human rights, from its proclamations in America in 1776 and France in 1789, to the twentieth-century term "empathy." The author's thesis that human rights require three interlocking qualities: rights must be natural (inherent in human beings), equal (the same for everyone), and universal (applicable everywhere) echoes Adler's vision of the evolution social equality and Gemeinschaftsgefeuhl.
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Default Re: Parallels to and Research in Adlerian Psychology - Narcissism and Killers

In "Its All About Him" (April 10, 2007 issue of Time Magazine), David von Drehle addresses the issue of narcissism in killers. He challenges other theories that emphasize the influences of culture, guns, musical lyrics, or films, and highlights the common denominator in most killers: extreme self-centeredness. He elaborates by listing the other common traits of narcissists: grandiosity, numbness to the needs and pain of others, emotional isolation, resentment, and envy. Although Drehle does not mention Adler, the implications of a profound absence of social interest are evident in the article. As Adler pointed out, the roots of this problem can be identified in early childhood by teachers who are well-trained in Individual Psychology. Rather than spending a fortune on building bigger prisons, we could invest in prevention at the level of early childhood education. Alfred Adler, Oscar Spiel, and Frederick Birnbaum showed what could be achieved in the Vienna schools in the 1920's and 1930's.
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Default Re: Parallels to and Research in Adlerian Psychology - The "Dangerous Corner of War"

In his overview of "dangerous corners" in child development (Volume 12, Chapter 4, of The Collected Clinical Works of Alfred Adler), Adler warns us about the corrosive psychological influences of parental pampering and neglect, but he also emphasizes three social influences that seriously inhibit the development of social interest in children as well as adults: war, capital punishment, and racial prejudice. The media may focus on gun control, mental illness of killers, or violent video games, but little attention is paid to the daily impact of killing for imperial purpose. Given the appropriate political or legal justification, murder can be framed as heroic or justified punishment. Do we know or care how a young child digests the impression that it is OK for the state to take another's life? Surely, this does not foster an increase in the feeling of community and an interest in the welfare of all of mankind. Our actions may suggest to children that it is acceptable to destroy any designated enemy.
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