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Love & Will Paperback – July 17, 2007
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The implications of this distinguished book for education and culture are profound. -- Harvard Educational Review
This volumewritten in a brilliant and impeccable styleis an excellent analysis of life and love in the modern period. -- Chicago Sun-Times
Wise, rich, witty and indispensable....It should have led any list of important books. -- John Leonard, New York Times
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Rollo May (1909-1994) was an influential existential psychologist and the author of Love and Will, The Courage to Create, and The Discovery of Being.
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The central thesis of the book is that Eros, the life force, directs our Will toward our highest potential. Rollo May asserts that hate is not the opposite of love, apathy and disinterest is. The opposite of will is not indecision - but rather May sees it as detachment. May's central thesis is that Eros (Love) is the fundamental energy behind Will. Eros is the force that drives men to seek God. Eros is the spirit of life and is not to be confused with the sex drive. Rollo May points out that the sex drive seeks satisfaction and release of tension whereas Eros drives us outward. Much of the first half of the book carefully explains the similarities and differences between the sex drive and Eros, the life force. Primarily May sees sexuality as a drive reduction process, similar to the learning theorists Clark Hull and James B Watson. Eros, however, is the creator, forever reaching out, seeking to expand. As Paul Tillich says "A movement from the potential to the actual" and "vitality is the power of creating beyond oneself without losing oneself." Eros is the power from which we do not want release but rather to be prolonged, to form the world. Eros drives us to go beyond ourselves, to transcend ourselves, to reach ethical goodness, to seek truth and beauty. May connects his theories to St.Read more ›
The sections on eros and the daimonic are also good, as other reviewers have already mentioned. I heartily recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more of the fundamental realities of life and love.
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One of my favorites! A wonderful book as valid today as when it was written. The whole idea of Eros vs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Helen B.
Rollo is one of a kind, a true Renaissance man of psychology/philosophy/human experience.Published 9 months ago by Ethan Zwirn
Perhaps it's his style or the era, but he's a little obscure and wordy however, the underlying points emerge with clarity at points and make food for thought.Published 11 months ago by Pippa
So glad Dr. May wrote "Love & Will" before he died. One of my favorite books.Published 14 months ago by Dean A
This is one of the best treatises you will ever encounter on the subject of what has gone wrong in "modern" day relationships. Read morePublished 15 months ago by buckyball59
Wonderful book. Having re-read it after many years I still find it as valid today as when it was written.Published 15 months ago by LuXVenetus
I first read this book shortly after it was written. I am surprised that it isn't read more, because May seems to have his finger on the pulse of the disfunctions that trouble so... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cherie