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الطبيعة البشرية

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,457 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Originally published in 1927 this book attempts to acquaint the general public with the fundamentals of Individual Psychology. At the same time it's a demonstration of the practical application of these principles to the conduct of everyday relationships & the organization of personal life. Based upon a year's lectures to audiences at the People's Institute in Vienna, the ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published 2005 by المجلس الأعلى للثقافة (first published 1927)
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Thelbert Dewain Belgard
This is a great book -- one of the early attempts to understand human nature in the framework of scientific inquiry rather than philosophy, religion, or metaphysics. I read it in what I think was the first Fawcett edition (Fawcett Premier Book). This little paperback in a tiny font that I find difficult. But I'm rating the ideas, not the format. The most significant contribution of the book is summarized in this quotation: "No one can lift himself above society, demonstrate his power over his fe ...more
Joel
Mar 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the primary sources so far, Freud is the most captivating in his writing ability, and I think Adler is the most humane. I appreciate his attempt to look at the individual with respect to communal life and relationships, as he was the first, and much has been borrowed from him. His theory is, like Freud, cohesive and very well-articulated. A few of the sections I find insightful. Three stars is for Adler as a writer, not for Individual Psychology as a therapeutic model.
Bob Nichols
Mar 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Adler outlines his idea for what it means to be a healthy human. That individual is one who is adjusted socially and willing to serve or help humankind. Those who are not socially oriented this way suffer from numerous psychological maladies that Adler calls generally desire for power and dominance, which he sees, again generally, as compensation for various social shortcomings. "Two great tendencies," he writes, "dominate all psychic phenomena. These two tendencies, the social feeling, and the ...more
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'.
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Dorian Jandreau
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, psychology
Had this book for a long time and only now read it.
Well, easier to read that Freud. And I better like Adler's writing style. I found some answers to my questions in this book. It helped me to understand why I act this or another way. But will I change? NO. It's just a book that helped me to understand myself and other people.
fatih özsoy
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ı think this book is very important for meetinng yourself and after than you can meet your friends and people who live your around.
Mark Kumleben
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tremendously observant and useful book. An adapted series of lectures, so a bit disorganized, but still a good introduction to Adler's thought for a reader with some knowledge of his historical context and the general psychological terms used.
Sherry
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instead of a regular review, for this book I will note parts which either I have gained insight from or I couldn't comprehend.

P13 "These are the contrite sinners, either those who have been in the whirlpool of psychic life, entangled in all its mistakes and errors, and saved themselves out of it, .....The best knower of the huma soul will be the one who has lived through passions himself...An individual who has lifted himself above the difficulties of life, extricated himself from the swamp of l
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Gerald Jerome
It would be fair to consider what this book was in consideration to its time of publication, but this reaches beyond my capability at the moment. So all I can offer is the impression I receive from it currently.

I feel as though a lot of this book could've been truncated or condensed (though I feel that way about a lot of non-fiction books). Adler's main focus was the feeling of inferiority and how it manifested itself in the behavior and thought of individuals. This resulted in a lot of anecdota
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Carly
This was an interesting read, and considering the topic, rather fast. I wasn't agonizing over the pages, which made me happy.

Alfred Adler had some very distinct viewpoints on human beings, and that we as people struggle with inferiority and superiority complexes. His ultimate view is that neither are healthy, and that we need to always keep in mind what is best for the social good. That is the real judge of all actions: Is this contributing to society?

It was a thought provoker...but I'm not sur
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Bima Putra
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the only part I am not impressed is when he say vanity distance people from reality, even if any human action should be acceptable or logical by teleology,

but I think deontological moral take place in such action to distance us from unvirtuous action, force unreality to become true by contrary or fight the power
Greg
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
This was the first psychology book I read. Very good reading, though the 'too much of this is bad and too little of this is bad' without ever saying what would be considered good got a little frustrating.
Kristin
I didn't get all the way through but I do like some of Adler's ideas as they relate to childhood and the family constellation.
Verena Francise
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Jeremy
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work

Notes:

+ Offering our insights about someone’s behavior at the wrong time or in the wrong way can be ineffective and unwise

+ Only context can determine if something is an asset or liability

+ We are always giving our attention to something, so when we say we can’t concentrate we mean the object of our attention is not of interest to us
- This is likely because we can’t see how it relates to any goal or purpose we have (or to our values)

+ Two competing tendencies that have to be reconciled
1. Social
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Atul Maheshwari
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What we think we lack determines what we will become in life.

The author believed that human psyche is shaped in early childhood and that patterns of behaviour remain remarkably constant into maturity. Every child develops in ways that best allow them to compensate for the weakness - a thousand talents and capabilities arise from our feelings of inadequacy. The author identified Napolean, a small man making a big impact on the world, as a classic case of an inferiority complex in action.

how a c
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Matt Lennert
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Dry as toast without butter, but also excellent. This nearly 100 year old, extremely clear and well-written book by the brilliant psychologist Alfred Adler reads as if were written last week. It breaks down the formation of the human psyche and all of its many complexes. It challenges standard Freudian thinking and makes the claim that people can change and they can be happy if they recognize their base goal. I found myself recognizing people I knew in the examples he gives, and I understood the ...more
Sefa
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't easy to finish, not because of its language but because I needed to stop and think for long periods of time, sometimes even for one paragraph. Nearly everything said here seemed logical and made sense, but I think I have to read quite a few more books from the fathers of modern psychology to have a more educated opinion.

All in all, it was great and very illuminating.
Zainab Mo
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book when I was seventeen and relatively naive and unaware of the world inside me. This book was the kickstart to better understand myself as a human being, and others. Adler is not the most famous behavioural psychologist like Jung or Freud, but I liked his perspective on the human nature.
Abdullah Shams
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true prospective, one can argue the science but not the prospective from where Alfred adler is arguing the human nature.

Really rare that we will face such original thinker. And that how more rare are the jumps in our understanding.
BMR Williams
The first half was great, however the second half seemed to be presenting its information on the more biased perspective of the author.
Olawale Onaolapo
ADLER

Demonstration of goodness of allowing the individual mind to freely express itself while adjusting to various idiosyncrasies in the environment
Andrew
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Courage to be Disliked appears to cover more ground then this single book which I wasn't expecting. This book had some insights, but ended up being less prescriptive in nature then what I wanted.
Warren
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Changed, or redefined, my work as a therapist.
Nikola Nesic
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite good. To be combined with Freud, ung and Nitschze
Diana
Good book for its time.
Birau Catalin
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great.

Some parts are outdated, but the book has many highlights. Recommend.
Aaron Cliff
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
All I could think while reading this was "Healer, heal yourself." The distinct impression of dissatisfaction with life permeated this book. There were only two pages dedicated to factors that brought about "positive social contact" and even in those pages he still stated that those could be bad as well. Adler gave almost no responses to the questions he raised, correctly pointing out the wretchedness of society but failing to give a medicine to heal it. He says that people who are overly critica ...more
Rebecca
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Translated from the German. Parent Encouragement Program is based on Adlerian theory.
Jim George
I still don't understand.
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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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“we limit ourselves to normal cases of mutual influence, we find that those people are most capable of being influenced who are most amenable to reason and logic, those whose social feeling has been least distorted. On the contrary, those who thirst for superiority and desire domination are very difficult to influence. Observation teaches us this fact every day.” 19 likes
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