With Alfred Adler, psychology took a turn toward the ridiculous and the atavistic. Adler claimed
that people were driven by strife for the feelings of adequacy, and that anything else was a
compensation for inadequacy real or perceived. With this claim, Adler pathologized the entire
human process - namely everything that took humanity from the cave to the personal computer.
The entire Adlerian paradigm can be refuted with two sentences:
No human being is an adequate match for a tiger.
He uses better technology to outsmart the tiger, and in so doing advances the lot of humankind.
In Adler, everything that takes humanity to a better place - any innovation, any inspiration,
any idea, any passion, any manifestation of genius or ingenuity - is seen as pathological. This
of course includes but is not limited to: Writing, mathematics, science, engineering, democracy,
architecture, arts, literature, and psychology itself. In pathologizing the application of such
things, Adler has effectively pathologized the entire civilization and all that made it possible,
including his place in it.
In essence, Adler claimed that health is being a monkey, and that everything that differentiates
humans from monkeys is pathological. He of course was using the human-made tools to spread this
fiction, with the predictable result that it was adopted by those who were themselves monkeys
and wanted to do away with everything human in order that they dominate human process.
Adlerian absurdity is possible for the same reason that paranoid schizophrenia and Islamic
jihadism is possible. The human brain harbors a vast capacity for delusion, most of it harmless
but some not so harmless at all. Adler inflicted one highly destructive delusion upon humanity.
The greatest lesson of Adler is that just because the mind can come up with a delusion does not
mean that it's right to use it.
With Freud, in spite of his errors, there are some respectable qualities. These include:
willingness to explore what nobody else would dare explore; ability to present intelligent
explanations on a range of subjects; the vast scope of his study; the originality of his ideas;
and intellectual courage to present ideas that were socially taboo at his time. With Alfred
Adler, there is nothing respectable at all. Effectively, he pathologized the human and wanted to
see all be monkeys. And that makes his ideas the enemy of science as much as they are the enemy of all that humanity has created and made possible for itself.
From essay http://sites.google.com/site/ilyashambatwritings/psychology