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Yates, S. (1929). Individual Psychological Treatment: By Erwin Wexberg. (London: The C.W. Daniel Company, 1929. Pp. 160. Price 6 s.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 10:466-467.

(1929). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 10:466-467

Individual Psychological Treatment: By Erwin Wexberg. (London: The C.W. Daniel Company, 1929. Pp. 160. Price 6 s.)

Review by:
Sybille Yates

Dr. Wexberg, who is a prominent Viennese Adlerian, gives in this book a summary of Adler's writings, a simplified but otherwise undistorted picture of the theory and method of individual psychological treatment. Individual psychology is here described as a normative science, equivalent to an ethical reform tendency, having an aim in common with the prophets and founders of religions. Being prepared by such an opening, the reader is not surprised at the general tone of the book, in which the individual psychologist treats the individual neurotic with 'friendly benevolence', carrying on the traditional condemnatory attitude of the old school of physicians by defining the neurotic as one who 'tries to evade them (his tasks) with tricks and pretexts' (p. 39).

The return to the old position, however, goes even further, the results of psycho-analytic researches being almost completely rejected.

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