• Understanding Human Nature

  • By: Alfred Adler
  • Narrated by: George Orr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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By: Alfred Adler
Narrated by: George Orr
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Publisher's Summary

Alfred Adler (1870-1937) was an Austrian physician, psychotherapist, and one of the founding fathers of modern psychology. In Understanding Human Nature, (1928), Adler sets out to acquaint the general public with the basics of Individual Psychology, which holds that the driving force of human behavior is the individual’s striving for power, partly to compensate for feelings of inferiority. 

Each individual’s personality structure finds expression in their lifestyle, their goals and how they strive to attain them, but the individual cannot be considered apart from society as all the important issues of life are social. 

The book demonstrates the practical application of psychological principles to the conduct of relationships and the organization of daily life. With reference to the nature of the psyche, Adler looks at different personality types and character traits, and explains how character develops; the emotions, feelings and moods that shape the personality are placed under the spotlight. 

The purpose of the book is to identify mistaken behaviors and show how they undermine healthy relationships, in order to gently guide the individual towards adjustment.

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The work seems deficient in offering supportive insight toward optimal potential for the human condition.

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Needed for mental health practitioners

Great insight into how a striving for power is within many people’s goals. We have to be honest with ourselves.

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I liked it at first...

I like it at first but couldn't continue listening about halfway through when it became a feminist sob story

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Unscientifically Freudian

Some good wisdom, but also lots of unscientific psychobabble.
See review on Thepowermoves.com for more

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  • Nze kkuc akabusi
  • 06-04-22

moments of lucidity surrounded by darkness

I was interested in the idea of understanding Human Nature as a scientific inquiry rather than an artistic expression. In my opinion the former hypothesis was not proven, and in its stead, opinions was presented as Scientific research with no evidence of rigorous replicated experimentation. Nonetheless, I stuck to the task, but it was turgid!

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  • SnapperGB
  • 01-25-22

Adlerian principle

I love the Adlerian approach as opposed to the Freudian. The teleological concept of human psychology makes a lot of sense and offers hope for change. This book illustrates this very well. fascinating listen.