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Intersubjectivity: The Community Feeling

Alfred Adler left us an essential idea: Gemeinschaftsgefühl. We have variously translated this as social interest or community feeling but like many Adlerian themes its dynamic nature will not be held by a neat term.

Plato in Gorgias alludes to the same slippery concept, when he has Socrates say:

O Callicles, if there were not some community of feelings among mankind, however varying in different persons – I mean to say, if every man’s feelings were peculiar to himself and were not shared by the rest of his species – I do not see how we could ever communicate our impressions to one another.

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