PSYCHOTHERAPY SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS

A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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of the assumptions here developed. My answer would read that I am neither myself convinced nor do I ask that others shall believe them ; or, better stated, I don't know how far I believe them.'
Individual Psychology gives little attention to the Unconscious. Infantile activity is merely of interest in throwing a light upon the starting-point of the life-line, giving an indication as to the point at which the sense of inferiority or frustration first asserted itself. The interest of the Adlerian psychology can be expressed in the question, ' What is the origin of the feeling of frustration of which the neurotic reaction is the expression ? '
Adler has laid stress upon certain symptoms, certain moods, as guiding-points in the understanding of the nature of the frustration in each case. His formulas in all these matters are surprisingly simple.
It is obvious that in throwing over the concept of the unconscious, the Adlerian psychology does not call for a protracted and laborious explanation of the mental life of the patient. There is no need to trace with minute perseverance the vicissitudes of the instincts from childhood onwards. All that is necessary is to discover what Adler calls the Style of Life, or Life-line, of the patient.
The communication of dreams is generally demanded of the patient by the individual psychologist; but the interpretation of the material is different from that of the psychoanalyst. Individual psychology has replaced Freud's dictum that every dream contains the fulfilment of a wish, with the statement that the content of most dreams is made up of hopes, wishes, fears, prognoses and thoughts concerning the future. Brought to a general formula, the dream-picture represents something like an allegory of that problem which is occupying the dreamer.