Adler, Freud, and Jung were the key figures in the development of psychology as we kw it. Yet, while Freud and Jung are widely studied and debated, Adler is far less well kwn. Nonetheless, as Loren Grey demonstrates, some of Adler's vel early precepts are valuable tools for personality diagsis, even to this day. Examples include his belief in the social equality of all human beings, regardless of race, position, class, or gender; that all human behavior is logical-however bizarre or psychotic its goal may be; that mistaken precepts about others, being learned, can be unlearned; and in the importance of understanding the dynamics behind the family interactions with particular emphasis on the ordinal position of each child in the family constellation. Many of these ideas, though igred or rejected by the early Freudians and Jungians, have become part of the post-Freudian movements in psychology and counseling. In this book, Grey systematically examines the life and ideas of Alfred Adler as well as the approaches taken by his leading students. Many of Adler's early supporters felt that he was 100 years ahead of his time; Grey demonstrates that many of his approaches can serve humanity well in the new millennium. This text provides an important survey for students, scholars, and practitioners of psychology.
LOREN GREY is Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at California State University, Northridge. A past Associate Editor of the Journal of Individual Psychology and a former director of the San Fernando Valley Educational Center, Grey has published widely, including, with Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs, Logical Consequences: A New Approach to Discipline (1968) and A Parent's Guide to Child Discipline (1970), and on his own, Discipline Without Tyranny: Child Training in the First Five Years (1972) and Discipline Without Fear: Child Training During the Early School Years (1974).