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This volume contain four of the main books written by Alfred Adler. In collaboration with Sigmund Freud and a small group of Freud's colleagues, Adler was among the co-founders of the psychoanalytic movement and a core member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society: indeed, to Freud he was "the only personality there"
This is an amazing collection, a must have for anybody interested in psychology. The books are:
What Life Could Mean To You
The Pattern Of Life
The Science of Living
The Neurotic Constitution
What life could mean to you is one of Adler's most popular books. On the meaning of life, he begans: "Human beings live in the realm of meanings. We do not experience pure circumstances; we always experience circumstances in their significance for men. Even at its source our experience is qualified by our human purposes. " Wood " means " wood in its relation to mankind ", and " stone " means " stone as it can be a factor in human life." If a man should try to escape meanings and devote himself only to circumstances he would be very unfortunate: he would isolate himself from others: his actions would be useless to himself or to any one; in a word, they would be meaningless. But no human being can escape meanings. We experience reality always through the meaning we give it; not in itself, but as something interpreted. It will be natural to suppose, therefore, that this meaning is always more or less unfinished, incomplete; and even that it is never altogether right. The realm of meanings is the realm of mistakes."
・WHAT LIFE COULD MEAN TO YOU 1931
・THE SCIENCE OF LIVING 1929
・THE PATTERN OF LIFE 1930
・THE NEUROTIC CONSTITUTION