Discovery of Being

ISBN-10: 0393312402
ISBN-13: 9780393312409
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Authors: Rollo May
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

"The development of an existential psychology in America is in good part the work of Rollo May. He helped bring existentialism to psychology some fifteen years ago, and since then his impact has increased each year. As he says here, he isn't an existentialist in a cultist sense. In American psychology, the existential approach is part of a wider trend which includes many views" (Eugene T. Gendlin, Psychology Today). May's psychology is sometimes referred to as humanistic. He is one of the affirmative, "third force" American psychologists who are also critical of the society in which we live. Gendlin writes further: "In. . . Psychology and the Human Dilemma [1966], May offers a wealth of valid and stimulating ideas in a totally engaging and readable fashion. [The human dilemma is that] man is always both an active subject and a passive object ". . . May [says]: "Only in knowing ourselves as the determined ones are we free. This last sentence and his many similar discussions seem to mean that we can't help what happens, but only what attitude we take toward what happens. In fact, he means more than this---in taking an attitude toward what happens we change what happens." In late 1968, May was the subject of an article in the New York Times in which he was said to feel that "one sign that the modern age is dying is that its myths are dying." We are at present in a "limbo" between myths---the situation in which people become disoriented and "alienated." "In the new myths," he said, "I would think that racial variation will be seen as a positive value, that emphasis on one world will replace fragmented nationalism, and that things will be valued more for their intrinsic worth rather than in use---what they can be banked for." As a young man, May taught for a period at the American College in Saloniki, Greece. An ordained Congregational minister, May received his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1949. He worked as supervisory and training analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City and adjunct professor of clinical psychology at the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for many years. May was instrumental in establishing the Rollo May Center for Humanistic Studies at Saybrook Institute in San Francisco.

Foreword
The Principles
Bases of Psychotherapy
The Case of Mrs. Hutchens
The Cultural Background
Origins and Significance of Existential Psychology
How Existentialism and Psychoanalysis Arose Out of the Same Cultural Situation
Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Freud
Contributions to Therapy
To Be and Not to Be
Anxiety and Guilt as Ontological
Being in the World
The Three Modes of World
Of Time and History
Transcending the Immediate Situation
Concerning Therapeutic Technique
Notes
Index

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