Alfred Adler and Individual Psychology between simplifications and complexity. A comment on Cesare Romano’s paper

Author/s Giansecondo Mazzoli
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/1 Language Italian
Pages 5 P. 57-61 File size 237 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2022-001008
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This comment on Sergio Romano’s (2022) article tries to integrate this paper that presents correctly, however in a partial way, the relationship between some aspects of Alfred Adler’s biography and his psychological hypotheses that contributed to the construction of the theoretical edifice of his Individual Psychology. Despite its conciseness, this comment integrates what is not fully described in Romano’s paper, and it is also an opportunity to have a more complete view of Alfred Adler’s theory. The commonplace argument that has often circulated regarding Individual Psychology is briefly discussed: it is often said that Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology is a simple theory, easily described with the use of few key concepts. It is argued, instead, that it is a theory that opens up numerous perspectives for understanding the complexity of mental functioning which, in this commentary, is briefly described.

Keywords: Alfred Adler; Individual Psychology; Biography; Teleology; Social interest

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  • Adler sul lettino analitico di Procuste. Intervento sull'articolo di Cesare Romano "Le radici autobiografiche della Psicologia Individuale di Alfred Adler" A cura della Redazione, in PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE 2/2022 pp.293
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Giansecondo Mazzoli, Interventi: Alfred Adler e la Psicologia Individuale tra semplificazioni e complessità in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2022, pp 57-61, DOI: 10.3280/PU2022-001008