Additional Readings


  • Ansbacher, H. L., & Ansbacher, R. R. (Eds.). (1956). The individual psychology of Alfred Adler: A systematic presentation in selections from his writings. New York: Harper Torchbooks. The main source of Adler’s writings. The editors’ comments are helpful in understanding Adler’s theory and practice.
  • Carlson, J., & Maniacci, M. (2012). Alfred Adler revisited. New York: Routledge. Some of Adler’s most important writings placed into contemporary contexts by many of today’s leading Adle­rian scholars and practitioners.
  • Carlson, J. D., & Slavik, S. (1997). Techniques in Adlerian psychology. Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis. A collection of classic articles from the Journal of Individual Psychology that focus on techniques and practice.
  • Carlson, J. D., Watts, R. E., & Maniacci, M. (2006). Adlerian psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. An important book on contemporary Adlerian psycho­therapy.
  • Hoffman, E. (1994). The drive for self: Alfred Adler and the founding of individual psychology. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley. The best biography on the life of Alfred Adler.
  • Mosak, H., & Maniacci, M. (1999). A primer of Adlerian psychology: The analytic-behavior­al-cognitive psychology of Alfred Adler. New York: Brunner-Routledge. A good source about the “nuts and bolts” of Adlerian psychology.
  • Slavik, S., & Carlson, J. (2005). Readings in the theory of Adlerian psychology. New York: Rout­ledge. A basic book on the theory of Adlerian psychology.
  • Sperry, L., & Carlson, J. (2014). How master therapists work. New York: Routledge. Provides an in-depth analysis of a master Adlerian therapist’s effective brief therapy.
  • Sperry, L., Carlson, J., Sauerheber, J., & Sperry, J. (2015). Psychopathology and psychotherapy: DSM-5 diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment. New York: Routledge. A practical book that shows how an Adlerian therapist diagnoses, conceptualizes, and treats the various DSM-V categories.


Journal of Individual Psychology

  • Published by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, this journal is the premier scholarly forum addressing advances in Adlerian theory and the techniques, skills, and strategies associated with the practice of Adlerian therapy. The journal is available from the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (see below) or the University of Texas Press (email: )