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He strongly influenced Eric Berne in the process . Now, becaus e of the writings of 42 Humanism and Behaviorism: Dialogue and Growth Adler and Eric Berne, millions are shown how people try subtly to gain control over one another's existenc e and how one can gracefully get on with life in spite of such games or, better, without them. Now let me mention the founders of various self-help, nonprofessiona l groups. The alcoholic s and drug addicts and obese people who "kick " their self-destructiv e addictions in order to live more effective and meaningful lives are living testimony that addictions can be tamed.

W e deplore this [eclectic ] attitude in behavior therapists as we deplore it in psychotherapists ; we believe that it results in a gigantic mishmas h of theories, methods , and outcome s that is forever beyond the capacity of scientific research to resolve. Theoretical difference s should be recognize d and their practical and applied consequence s differentiated as clearly as What Are Humanism and Behaviorism? 21 possible ; only in this way can the good and bad points of each theory be disentangled.

I insist on seeing the other person as a person who has the capacity, when his life has reached a stalemate , and he is no longer living in viable ways—/ see him as one with the capacity to transcend that, to cope with that, to withdraw, get a better picture of what is going on and charge right back into the situation and change it in some nondestructiv e way so that life is more possible . And I see the great psychotherapist s (or psychotherapist s whom I see great) as specialist s in coping with some dimension of facticity that most people yield to or accommodat e themselve s to.

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