COMPANION

Criticisms of F. M. Alexander

This section only covers criticisms of Alexander’s character, his personality traits. For other criticisms see below.

Criticism of Personality

Leonard Wolff wrote in his diary that ‘he [Alexander] was a quack but an honest and inspired quack.’[1]

Ludovici in his Religions for Infidels (1961) reported on his first impression of Alexander:

Altogether, I thought him too reminiscent of a showman, and there and then decided to have nothing to do with him.[2]

Neal Katz asserted that Alexander was a compulsive gambler: ‘F. M. Alexander was a brilliant genius and innovator; he was also a compulsive gambler and a racist.’[3]

Criticism of Alexander not supporting projects

Alexander has been criticised for failing to support other people’s effort to scientific research into the Technique, the efforts to create a society of teachers, and other efforts to promote the Technique

Lulie Westfeldt relates how Alexander pulled out of Miss Lawrence’s project to buy a house in Cromwell Road for the Technique.[4] She also relates Alexander’s objection to a society in which he could be outvoted.[5]

F. P. Jones reported that:

. . . Dewey undertook to find foundation support for a scientific investigation of the Technique. He succeeded in obtaining a commitment from the Rockefeller Foundation, but Alexander set up so many requirements for his own participation that the project fell through.[6]

See also Criticisms of Alexander Technique teaching, Criticisms of Alexander’s writings (including his racism).

For criticisms of specific concepts and teachings, see respective individual entries on these.

References

[1] Reference missing.
[2] Religions for Infidels by Anthony Ludovici (Holborn Publishing, London, 1961), in Health and Education Through Self-Mastery by Anthony Ludovici (Mouritz, 2016 [1933]), p. 130.
[3] ‘Dysfunction in Our Alexander Family’ by Neal Katz in The Congress Papers, Engelberg Switzerland 1991 (Fyncot Pty., n.d.), pp. 107-110.
[4] F. Matthias Alexander: The Man and His Work by Lulie Westfeldt (Mouritz, 1998 [1964]), pp. 65-67.
[5] F. Matthias Alexander: The Man and His Work by Lulie Westfeldt (Mouritz, 1998 [1964]), pp. 67-68, 97.
[6] Freedom to Change [Body Awareness in Action] by Frank Pierce Jones (Mouritz, 1997 [1976]), pp. 44–45.
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