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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,103 ratings  ·  107 reviews
An inspiring work that offers direction and wise counsel for increasing awareness of self, one's motivations, and the importance of each person's unique contribution to society. First published in 1926 as The Science of Living, Alfred Adler's Understanding Life provides a straightforward and common-sense system for learning more about ourselves, the reasons for our behavio ...more
Paperback, الطبعه الاولى, 351 pages
Published by المجلس الاعلى للثقافه (first published 1933)
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David Jones
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a much bigger fan of Adler's writings than what became Adlerian Psychology. His approach to human behavior is much healthier than Freud who had a dark view of human nature. Instead of wondering 'what's wrong with people' like Freud, Adler looked at their goals and behaviors.
Adler's writings inspired me to write The Psychology of Jesus. Jesus focused on where people were in relationship to each other and how they moved not on 'what was wrong with them'.
May 24, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by Dale Carnegie in How to Win Friends and Influence People
Vinicius Carvalho
I was very disappointed with this (audio)book.
After having the first contact with Adlerian psychology in the book The Courage To Be Disliked, which I liked a lot, I had a very high expectation to get to know it better. That was definitely not accomplished by this book.
The author makes many statements of "facts" without backing it up with detail and/or research, sounding more like claims and judgements. Some of them sounded very prejudiced. Maybe it's a thing of the "old-fashioned" early 20th ce
Samah Sabry
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's silly. It's a silly silly book.
The writing "sounds" less of a psychology book and more of a self-help book. For me, throughout the book, the writer was always doing one of 2 things:
1) Stating the obvious without providing any original ideas.
2) Making lots of (again... silly) claims and judgements and trying to pass them as facts (or theories).

Basic, boring, disappointing.
Ida Wahidah
Jan Goericke
I listen to the audio book of "What Life Should Mean to You" during my commutes. The book starts with explaining the 'meaning of life' in very simple and acceptable terms. The answer to this loaded question was provided disconnected and independent from personal character and life strategy. I found that very refreshing.

Published in 1931, Adler's views on the equal rights of women in society and family, the upbringing of children, and the source and rehabilitation of criminals was very much in li
Jan 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really basic and entirely too vague. Too many statements of "fact" without backing it up with detail and/or research.
Yakov Pyatnitskov
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book on how to solve problems by cooperating and living with purpose. If you were a pampered child read this book. It may change the way you look at the world.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
very primitive. pre-elementary.
Main premise: surviving of the specie is meaning of life for every human being thus sense of commonwealth


- seem similar to over-fitting issue or desperately trying to see patterns: if I can explain patient issues by tying it to lack of sense of commonwealth then such lack is primary reason
- does not deal with problem of evil sufficiently: evil is either biology or result of lack of sense of commonwealth
- who judges what is beneficial to survival of the specie? At microlevel it may
Catherine Feng
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect eye opining book, can help in exploring your own self, considering your own unique personal life style, starting from your first memory in life.
It really helped me a lot in my self and human explanatory journey.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful and full of applicable ideas that would likely appeal to anyone who takes the time to read it, despite some antiquated ideas that have since changed.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adler argues we 'live in the realm of meanings', and experience everything in terms of their significance for us - how we interpret our environment.

3 main ties/problems/categories - Occupational, Social, Sexual - and the individuals response to them reveals his deep sense of the meaning of life. This is mostly formed at young age (5) - crystalised pattern of behaviour. We continue to interpret the world through these early crafted perceptual frameworks, and the interpreta

Some notable quote from this book:

“The true meaning of life depends on contribution and co-operation” p.21
“What has happened to those who never co-operated, who ascribed other meanings to life, who asked only, ‘What can I get out of life?; They have left no trace behind them. Not only are they dead; their lives were futile. It is as if our earth itself had spoken out and said, ‘We don’t need you. You are not fit for life. There is no future for your aims and strivings, for the va
Rasmus Rygh
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I struggled a lot with reviewing this book, and have gone a few rounds with my self thinking about wheter or not to give this book five stars.

It might be that my own personal rating system is flawed, but my general rule is that if a book has touched, or changed my life in a profound way, I give it 5 stars. And so far, this is the fourth book that has ever done that. Now, I'm not saying that the book is exceptionally good in itself, because it bears the marks of being quite old, and at some poin
Pin Yi
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The classic work on individual psychology was first published in 1937. The main idea -the importance of cooperation with others - is still inspiring. But some of his ideas about marriage are outmoded. For example, to keep a good marriage one should care for his/her partner more than for himself/herself. I think it is technically difficult to realize because the state/„worth“ of a person determines to great extent his/her attraction to his/her partner, which is, in my opinion, the basis of a marr ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are shaped by the environment, the people around us, parents, teachers, sibling influence.
Each step in our childhood could be very crucial if the parents didn't act properly. It's too bad that we require the certificate for jobs, careers. somehow, the most important basic part of a human : being parents are not required to have any basic training or qualification. Therefore parents with twisted personalities would do harm to their kids, so this damage could just keep going.

i think whoever wa
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why some people find it obvious. This book was written in 1930s, so it has drawbacks on say, tolerance of non-binary genders or understanding the fact that not everything is quite so determined when you were 5 years old. Still, it's an improvement from Freudian psychoanalysis. Still even, the leaders of the free world (rolling my eyes) should read it to understand what it means to lead a country - make policies that show some care for the children, families, and schools, not that ba ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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İlhan Gören
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me become more empathic and understanding of the behavior of others. It explains why we act in a certain way and how our childhood affects us. My deepest impression is that when we give a little attention to good changes in our attitude it will increase our confidence and be a better version of ourselves.
تامر إمام
A big wow. Up till now this is the most useful book I've read on psychology. The chapters about family effect and adolescence were great, but the chapter about crime wasn't sufficient and I have lots of comments on it, but as a whole I took lots of useful notes.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-audio
Most of the observations seem sound and provide valuable insight into cooperative functioning vs trained traumatic selfishness as an earmark of fulfillment. My docking of stars stems from the library’s edition of the audiobook was apparently a first run with no editing and repeats itself often.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, far more balanced than Freud's works, in my opinion. Adler though also has a slight tendency of betting too much on a single cause for all disorders, his "libido" being the inferiority complex. The book otherwise makes for a compelling read.
Yun Shi
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical intro level book for Alfred's theory
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative

Very detailed. Is extremely helpful in understanding human behaviour.
Everybody especially educators who deals with people should make this a must read.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable. But, I liked The Courage to Be Disliked better.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Feels like it has finally opened the door for me.
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Alfred Adler (February 7, 1870 – May 28, 1937) was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority - the inferiority complex - is recognised as isolating an element which plays a key role in personality development


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