WE ARE ADLER
by John Reardon
The formation of the Adler Academy of Minnesota (AAM) was a signal of a shift. Many of us now understand that we are in the same position that Adler was in at the turn of the 20th Century.
---promoting "HOLISM" in a period of scientific, structural reductionism, and "cause and effect" process.
---he was critical of so-called psychologists that did not consider "the soul" as the real study.
---he was equally critical of psychologists that did not embrace transcendence and metaphysics.
---he in effect called them "physiologists" and not psychologists.
---through his systemization of felt inferiority, striving to overcome inferiority, movement to the goal of superiority, and "mistaken beliefs" creating private logic, which supports neurotic and psychotic striving patterns, he worked hard at challenging, demonstrating, retraining, and encouraging the science/medical trained practitioners of his day.
---when he was refused entrance into the "academic halls", he took his knowledge, skill, and striving into "the streets". By espousing the "Normal", as a pattern of "adapting" and "using personal energy and courage to meet life's difficulties", Adler made a difference in people's lives. Soon, "Adapting and Maladapting" replaced "illness and sickness" as the point of treatment. His psychology remains a psychology of "use" and function, and not of "state".
---he was clear that "all problems are social problems". Life was seen, by nature, to be profoundly relational.
AAM has emerged at a time where the message of Adler has brought us together. And in that bringing together there has been a true sense of joy. That joy was expressed in our gathering at the Cafe. In the energy expressed during that gathering, those leading were assured that a new movement for transformation through Adler is not only possible, it is essential. The energy of this Community makes it possible and compelling.
We know that Adler has transformed us. We know Adler transforms the lives of those we encounter and encourage. We know Adler is a kindly and counter-cultural force. We know that social interest is the mark of mental health. We know that cooperation and contribution gives life to those around us. We know we have the courage and the discipline to overcome "minuses", and create "pluses". Through AAM we will, together, continue to deepen our personal and collective grasp and dedication to being and bringing Adler to a world wanting to be more fully human and alive. And, as the transformation occurs, we will know, we are Adler in our world.