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09/26/2019

A Path to Gemeinschaftsgefühl is A Path to Well-being

When searching for the fundamental definition of positive mental health and well-being, few rival Dr. Alfred Adler’s theory purporting the importance of Gemeinschaftsgefühl, meaning “social interest, social feeling, community sense, community feeling and humanistic identification.” Adler was Sigmund Freud’s contemporary in Vienna, Austria, at the beginning of the 20th century, but his theory differed significantly and focused on social connectedness as the way to strengthen individuals’ psychological condition. The theory maintains that the ultimate expression of social interest lies in the cooperative, productive, and progressive activity within the context of empathetic relationships. Hence, true growth only lies in the context …

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