Courage To Be Disliked (Alfred Adler) | Animated Book Summary

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This is the animated book summary of The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga, explaining the Adlerian Psychology. This book on Amazon: h...

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  • Of course, I have to like that because I'm a huge fan of Alfred Adler ever since I've read him for the first time. BUT I love this book particularly because it's written as Philosopher < > YOUTH conversation. Which is real funny to read if you know how Adler's ideas have been misinterpreted far too often. 

    I'll copy a short passage of that book here:

    PHILOSOPHER: None of us live in an objective world, but instead in a subjective world that we ourselves have given meaning to. The world you see is different from the one I see, and it’s impossible to share your world with anyone else.

    YOUTH: How can that be? You and I are living in the same country, in the same time, and we are seeing the same things—aren’t we?

    PHILOSOPHER: You look rather young to me, but have you ever drunk well water that has just been drawn?

    YOUTH: Well water? Um, it was a long time ago, but there was a well at my grandmother’s house in the countryside. I remember enjoying the fresh, cold water drawn from that well on a hot summer’s day.

    PHILOSOPHER: You may know this, but well water stays at pretty much the same temperature all year round, at about sixty degrees. That is an objective number—it stays the same to everyone who measures it. But when you drink the water in the summer it seems cool and when you drink the same water in the winter it seems warm. Even though it’s the same water, at the same sixty degrees according to the thermometer, the way it seems depends on whether it’s summer or winter.

    YOUTH: So, it’s an illusion caused by the change in the environment.

    PHILOSOPHER: No, it’s not an illusion. You see, to you, in that moment, the coolness or warmth of the well water is an undeniable fact. That’s what it means to live in your subjective world. There is no escape from your own subjectivity. At present, the world seems complicated and mysterious to you, but if you change, the world will appear more simple. The issue is not about how the world is, but about how you are.

    ***Taken from 'The courage to be disliked - Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga''''

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    But who likes this kinda books, and maybe has some background on Humanistic psychology, I highly recommend to read 'The Courage to be Happy - Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga' (same authors, same writing style) 

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