What we're reading at our house this week...

It can hardly be a surprise  that Alfred Adler would go over big in Japan, where social context is traditionally considered a predominant influence shaping the individual, and only the bravest and hardiest of souls sustain  The Courage to be Disliked.

 In this concise volume, Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga unpack Adler's teaching in view of their own experience and insights, and in the process provide us an invaluable handbook on holding one's shape in a conformist society, while at the same time contributing constructively and redemptively to the life of one's community.

Presented as a classical dialog between a teacher and student, The Courage to be Disliked is as entertaining as it is enlightening. It is also useful, which would please Adler no end.



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