I got this book after one of the guys on our team told me how much he loved it. (Thanks, Mitch!)
As per the little introduction up there, it’s written in the classical “dialogue” format method of Greek philosophy. The dialogue is between a “Youth” and a “Philosopher.”
What are they talking about? Alfred Adler and his philosophy.
As per the sub-title, the book was originally a “Japanese phenomenon.” It was written by Ichiro Kishimi (an authority on Adlerian psychology who translated a couple of Adler’s books into Japanese) and Fumitake Koga (an award-winning professional writer).
Alfred Adler was a contemporary of Freud and Jung. Although not as widely known these days, he was one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century.
As I read the book, I was reminded of another somewhat obscure but equally influential twentieth century psychologist, Albert Ellis. Ellis helped create the cognitive behavioral movement. Check out our Notes on his and our Notes on for more on all that (and to see the connection between all this wisdom and ancient Stoic philosophy).
As always, it’s packed with Big Ideas. And, as always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!