HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PSYCHOTHERAPIST TO DISCARD THE ANALYTIC COUCH IN FAVOR OF TWO CHAIRS WHICH ALLOWS THE CLINICIAN AND THE PATIENT TO SIT TOGETHER MORE OR LESS AS EQUALS
ALFRED ADLER (1870-1937) SIGNED CARD, “Dr. Alfred Adler”, on a card 4.25 x 3.5, by the Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist and founder of school of individual psychology. The card is dated, Nov. 8. 1929, New York, in another hand at bottom left. Adler’s emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority, the inferiority complex, is recognized as an isolating element which plays a key role in personality development. He was the first to emphasize the importance of the social element in the readjustment process of the individuals and to carry psychiatry into the community. In collaboration with Sigmund Freud and a small group of Freud’s colleagues, Adler was among the co-founders of the psychoanalytic movement and a core member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. He was the first major figure to break away from Freud’s psychoanalysis approach to form an independent school of psychotherapy and personality theory and he enjoyed considerable success and celebrity. His clinical treatment methods for adults were aimed at uncovering the hidden purpose of symptoms using the therapeutic functions of insight and meaning. In fine condition, with minor age toning.