UNDRSTDG HUMAN NATR Mass Market Paperback – May 12 1981
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Adler's conceptual framework served me well in constructing my model on charisma. Whether you witness the magnetism of President Barack Obama, the magnanimity of Oprah Winfrey or the altruism of Bono, they are all moved by their compelling drives and motivation, which are all self-serving.
Adler cut through the chase in defining the human psyche that was de-mystifying in ways that eclipsed Sigmund Freud. Although contemporaries, Adler's contribution to psychology seems much more visceral and pragmatic than that of Freud.
I highly recommend "Understanding Human Nature" as a timeless tome more
relevant today than a century ago.
Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute
The book was first published in 1927 -- this was the era of the Great Physicists. Adler seems to me much influenced by the classical physics of his day and preceding generations. His aim appears to me to be the establishment of "laws" in the relatively new science of sociology similar to those established by Newton and others for the hard sciences. He doesn't seem to be aware (as many still aren't a century later) that those "laws" had already been transcended by the contemporary physicists of his time.