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Yates, S.L. (1933). Individual Psychology and Social Problems: By Drs. Alfred Adler, W. Béran Wolfe, C. L. C. Burns and J. C. Young. (Individual Psychology Publications, No. 5. C. W. Daniel Company, London, 1932. Pp. 64. Price 2 s. 6 d.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 14:436.

(1933). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 14:436

Individual Psychology and Social Problems: By Drs. Alfred Adler, W. Béran Wolfe, C. L. C. Burns and J. C. Young. (Individual Psychology Publications, No. 5. C. W. Daniel Company, London, 1932. Pp. 64. Price 2 s. 6 d.)

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S. L. Yates

In a series of short essays Adler and some of his followers review various social problems in the light of the teachings of Individual Psychology. The two essays by Adler would seem to lead one to the conclusion that all social problems are to be ascribed to the non-co-operation of persons who as children were pampered and dependent, and that their solution is to be found in educating the child to be socially co-operative.

In his very clever analysis of 'The Paradoxic Jew', Béran Wolfe examines the past of the Jewish race as a physician looking at a case history. Unfortunately he overstrains the phylogenetic parallelism, being too dogmatic in his simplifications, concluding that 'Judaism is a product of the childhood of the Jew, an eponymous myth, a rationalization, a guiding fiction'. With an extraordinary display of casuistry Dr. Burns in another essay makes an apologia for Catholicism on the strength of the theories of Individual Psychology.

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