Aggressiveness and will of power. Hypothesis and comparisons to Antonio Damasio’s theory about emotions and feelings
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Summary. The single notions of aggressiveness and will of power suggested by Adler in his first Individual Psychology, change during the development of his thought. I analyze the historical interpretations of these terms comparing them to the position of Antonio Damasio the neuroscientist who studies connections among mind, body and brain in the creation of feelings. I show how the aggressive nature evolves in will of power, a mental, often unconscious reply to physical and social inferiorities. In the normal development the will of power, with the community feeling, can create the wish to superiority which is held, at a superior and ideal level, in the perfect social feeling.