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The Adlerian Society (UK)

The first contact Alfred Adler had with the UK was in Oxford, where in 1923 he attended the seventh International Congress of Psychology and gave a lecture in German on Individual Psychology. He returned to Oxford University in 1926 before his first visit to the USA, and again in 1936. Soon after his first visit, a group was formed in London called 'the Gower Street Club of Individual Psychology', which later became known as 'the Adler Society'. Unfortunately this society became tainted with political bias and between 1928 and 1930 its medical members broke away and formed the Medical Society for Individual Psychology.

Adler made a special visit to London in 1931 and removed his name from the former 'Adler Society'. Thanks to the Medical Society and its association with the International Society (now the Association) for Individual Psychology, the Adlerian movement in Great Britain continued to develop. Later on a new group started in London with Adler as its President.

Alfred Adler was a General Practitioner and a Psychiatrist who lived in Vienna, Austria. In the last eleven years of his life, he devoted most of his time to teaching, lecturing and travelling in England, Scotland, Scandinavia, Germany and the United States, where he eventually settled. He died while on tour in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1937.

As the founder of Individual Psychology, he is amongst the most important figures in 20th Century psychology. (The term Individual Psychology refers to the indivisible nature of the human personality.)

Originally a colleague of Sigmund Freud, Adler resigned from Freud's Psychoanalytic Society in 1911 due to growing differences in their respective theories. In particular, Adler disputed Freud's assertion that sex or libido is the fundamental drive which determines human behaviour. Rather, Adler argued that human beings strive to belong and to overcome early feelings of inferiority through the construction of personal and subjective goals. Adlerians stress the unity of the mind, body and spirit and the interactions between individuals and the larger community.

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