Alfred Adler: The Pattern of Life by W. Beran Wolfe

By W. Beran Wolfe

First released in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Thirteen months passed before the next attack. During this time the patient took luminal and was on a diet. Patients are usually rather \veak as a consequence of the diet and the luminal, but the treatment helps to tide the patient over, and sometimes has good effect. I' "After the last attack, the attacks of unconsciousness have come every month at the time of the menstrual period. The attacks are most violent at this time. " 58 THE PATTERN OF LIFE These are important clues to the nature of the illness.

We may expect, therefore, that our patient will show the characteristics of a pampered child who has not developed sufficient strength of mind. She is probably very sweet, quiet, and obedient, and very greedy for appreciation. " II Here is evidence that the girl not only refuses to be alone, but that her first attack served to accentuate her dependence. This point leads me to believe that the so-called epilepsy is premeditated. The notes further state: The family life is very complete. The patient's health has been perfectly normal and there has been no sign indicating a neurosis heretofore.

Were you able to stand it? FLORA. I think I always held my own. DR. ADLER. Do you remember wishing you were a boy? FLORA. No, I don't think I ever wanted to be a boy, but I always played with boys because there were no girls to associate with. DR. ADLER. I suppose you were brought up like a boy, and had many boy friends because of your brothers. FLORA. Undoubtedly. DR. ADLER. I think if you speak with your teacher \vho has brought in the history, she will tell you why you have become so very sensitive.

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