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Discussion of Alfred Adler's Preface to The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky

Discussion of Alfred Adler's Preface to The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky Abstract • In his preface to The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky, Alfred Adler (1) found his theory of the dynamics of schizophrenia supported in the Diary, (2) alluded to Nijinsky's prepsychotic personality, and (3) briefly touched on the possibility and conditions of recovery. To add to the understanding of Adler's "Preface," this discussion (1) expands his theory of schizophrenia, (2) gives some concrete data of Nijinsky's prepsychotic personality, (3) describes two episodes of recovery subsequent to the "Preface," and (4) introduces an important aspect of Adler's theory, which he had to omit out of consideration for Nijinsky's wife, Romola—namely, her role in her husband's disorder. With the larger theoretical and historical context established, Adler's "Preface" can be appreciated for its predictive validity. References 1. Adler A: The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler , Ansbacher HL, Ansbacher RR (eds). New York, Basic Books Inc Publishers, 1956. 2. Adler A: The Science of Living . New York, Doubleday & Co Ine, 1969. 3. Adler A: Superiority and Social Interest , ed 3, Ansbacher HL, Ansbacher RR (eds). New York, WW Norton & Co Ine Publishers, 1979. 4. Buckle R: Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1971. 5. Lyons J: Experience: An Introduction To a Personal Psychology . Hagerstown, Md, Harper & Row Publishers, 1973, pp 91-122. 6. Adler, Alexandra: Office treatment of the chronic schizophrenic patient , in Hoch H, Zubin J (eds): Psychopathology of Schizophrenia . New York, Grune & Stratton Ine, 1966, pp 366-371. 7. Adler KA: An Adlerian view of the development and the treatment of schizophrenia . J Individ Psychol 1979;35:147-161. 8. Shulman BH: Essays in Schizophrenia . Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1968. 9. Ellenberger HF: Analyse existentielle , in Ey H (ed): Psychiatrie, vol 3, in Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale . Paris, Edition Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale, 1955, pp 1-4. 10. Lyons J: Heidegger, Adler, and the paradox of fame . J Individ Psychol 1961;17:149-161. 11. Rom P, Ansbacher HL: An Adlerian case or a character by Sartre? J Individ Psychol 1965;21:32-40. 12. Stern A: Existential psychoanalysis and individual psychology . J Individ Psychol 1958;14:38-50. 13. Van Dusen W: Adler and existence analysis . J Individ Psychol 1959;15:100-111. 14. Van Dusen A, Ansbacher HL: Adler and Binswanger on schizophrenia . J Individ Psychol 1960;16:77-80. 15. Nijinsky V: The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky , Nijinsky R (trans-ed). Berkeley, University of California Press, 1973. 16. Nijinsky R: Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1934. 17. Bourman A, Lyman D: The Tragedy of Nijinsky . Westport, Conn, Greenwood Press Ine, 1970. 18. Nijinsky R: Preface, in Nijinsky V: The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1936, pp xi-xvii. 19. Krasovskaya V: Nijinsky . New York, Macmillan Publishing Co Ine, 1979. 20. Adler A: Die Gefahren der Isolierung . Zentralbl Vormundschaftswesen 1923;15( (3) ):53-54. 21. Wangh AW: Vaslav Nijinsky: Genius and schizophrenic . Am Imago 1978;35:221-237. 22. Bottome P: Alfred Adler: A Portrait From Life , ed 3. New York, The Vanguard Press Ine, 1957. 23. Adler A: Cooperation Between the Sexes , Ansbacher HL, Ansbacher RR (eds). New York, Jason Aronson Ine, 1980. 24. Nijinsky R: The Last Years of Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1952. 25. Adler A: Problems of Neurosis . New York, Harper & Row Publishers, 1964. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

Discussion of Alfred Adler's Preface to The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky

Archives of General Psychiatry , Volume 38 (7) – Jul 1, 1981

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Abstract

Abstract • In his preface to The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky, Alfred Adler (1) found his theory of the dynamics of schizophrenia supported in the Diary, (2) alluded to Nijinsky's prepsychotic personality, and (3) briefly touched on the possibility and conditions of recovery. To add to the understanding of Adler's "Preface," this discussion (1) expands his theory of schizophrenia, (2) gives some concrete data of Nijinsky's prepsychotic personality, (3) describes two episodes of recovery subsequent to the "Preface," and (4) introduces an important aspect of Adler's theory, which he had to omit out of consideration for Nijinsky's wife, Romola—namely, her role in her husband's disorder. With the larger theoretical and historical context established, Adler's "Preface" can be appreciated for its predictive validity. References 1. Adler A: The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler , Ansbacher HL, Ansbacher RR (eds). New York, Basic Books Inc Publishers, 1956. 2. Adler A: The Science of Living . New York, Doubleday & Co Ine, 1969. 3. Adler A: Superiority and Social Interest , ed 3, Ansbacher HL, Ansbacher RR (eds). New York, WW Norton & Co Ine Publishers, 1979. 4. Buckle R: Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1971. 5. Lyons J: Experience: An Introduction To a Personal Psychology . Hagerstown, Md, Harper & Row Publishers, 1973, pp 91-122. 6. Adler, Alexandra: Office treatment of the chronic schizophrenic patient , in Hoch H, Zubin J (eds): Psychopathology of Schizophrenia . New York, Grune & Stratton Ine, 1966, pp 366-371. 7. Adler KA: An Adlerian view of the development and the treatment of schizophrenia . J Individ Psychol 1979;35:147-161. 8. Shulman BH: Essays in Schizophrenia . Baltimore, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1968. 9. Ellenberger HF: Analyse existentielle , in Ey H (ed): Psychiatrie, vol 3, in Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale . Paris, Edition Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale, 1955, pp 1-4. 10. Lyons J: Heidegger, Adler, and the paradox of fame . J Individ Psychol 1961;17:149-161. 11. Rom P, Ansbacher HL: An Adlerian case or a character by Sartre? J Individ Psychol 1965;21:32-40. 12. Stern A: Existential psychoanalysis and individual psychology . J Individ Psychol 1958;14:38-50. 13. Van Dusen W: Adler and existence analysis . J Individ Psychol 1959;15:100-111. 14. Van Dusen A, Ansbacher HL: Adler and Binswanger on schizophrenia . J Individ Psychol 1960;16:77-80. 15. Nijinsky V: The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky , Nijinsky R (trans-ed). Berkeley, University of California Press, 1973. 16. Nijinsky R: Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1934. 17. Bourman A, Lyman D: The Tragedy of Nijinsky . Westport, Conn, Greenwood Press Ine, 1970. 18. Nijinsky R: Preface, in Nijinsky V: The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1936, pp xi-xvii. 19. Krasovskaya V: Nijinsky . New York, Macmillan Publishing Co Ine, 1979. 20. Adler A: Die Gefahren der Isolierung . Zentralbl Vormundschaftswesen 1923;15( (3) ):53-54. 21. Wangh AW: Vaslav Nijinsky: Genius and schizophrenic . Am Imago 1978;35:221-237. 22. Bottome P: Alfred Adler: A Portrait From Life , ed 3. New York, The Vanguard Press Ine, 1957. 23. Adler A: Cooperation Between the Sexes , Ansbacher HL, Ansbacher RR (eds). New York, Jason Aronson Ine, 1980. 24. Nijinsky R: The Last Years of Nijinsky . New York, Simon & Schuster Ine Publishers, 1952. 25. Adler A: Problems of Neurosis . New York, Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.

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Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1981

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