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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (February 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393333159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393333152
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“May faces problems with courage, honesty, and responsibility...a brilliant psychologist.” (Chicago Tribune)

About the Author

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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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.

Customer Reviews

It's easy to read, and really quite insightful.
D. S. Heersink
Rollo May's method of synthesizing literature, history, legend, psychology and philosophy makes this book accessible, relevant, and important.
Justin Lee
He defines the dilemmas of human existence and provides the dynamics for finally experiencing true happiness and joy.
Richard S. Strong

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm not an intellect, I'm just a curious college student who takes a slight interest in psychology. I randomly picked this book up out of curiosity. Boy was I suprised at the content in this book. It has opened my eyes up to so many new levels of thinking. It is well organized in that it breaks up the problems that we face in society on a personal basis. It covers dealing with ourselves and how we interact in a society. I would not consider this a self help book but more of a "let's think about what we're doing here" type book. A MUST READ for anyone who is not a mindless robot of society.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Justin Lee on July 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Rollo May takes us on a quest in search for our true selves and gives us advice in how to live more meaningful lives. He uses parables and and analogies from Greek classics, biblical stories, and philosophical writings to help make his point. This isn't a "Ten Steps to Live a Better Life" type of book. It is a book that thoroughly and powerfully makes us look within ourselves for meaning.

That this book is dated shouldn't make it any less relevant. Lots of books that are read and appreciated today are timeless because they tap into some truth that is the essence of existence in any age. A hundred years from now, will the ideals qualities of humanity be much different from those of "freedom, responsibility, courage, love, and inner integrity"? Are these not the qualities and principals all people live by in any age in time? For sure, there are elements in there that are dated, but the feeling of emptiness always plagues society. It is perhaps a human consider for every society to feel "emptier" than the one that preceded it.

This is a book that I would recommend anyone who has gotten too used to living, and is taking it for granted. For life is precious, and a shame to waste. Rollo May's method of synthesizing literature, history, legend, psychology and philosophy makes this book accessible, relevant, and important.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Heersink on October 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Boredom and anxiety are the two hallmarks of human existence that differentiates Homo sapiens from all other animals. The fact that humans have a past, present, and future consciousness makes them alert to many other possibilities of the imagination. Enter Rollo May and his existential psychology, which is a blend of existentialist philosophy, psychology, and literature. Together, they make us aware of what it is to be truly human.

This is not a self-help book, although no reader will go away disappointed. This is a book about integration of our deepest needs, coupled with our unique human biology, that makes us unique among all of earth's habitants. It is a focused look at what we must do to live life optimally by stripping away many of our attachments. These attachments often become security blankets that in turn become a source of alienation from fundamental choices we all must make. Once discarded, and opting for freedom and responsibility, we can live our own autonomous lives.

There are few prescriptions per se. Rather, this is an examination of a life lived well. In May's paradigm, the challenge is to force our inner being to a higher awareness of self-consciousness. He shows us how. I read this book 20 years ago, and reread it recently. It is still fresh and invigorating. It's easy to read, and really quite insightful. If you're unacquainted with May, this is a good place to begin. A delight to read
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
Rollo May takes the reader on an impressive intellectual discovery process that covers everything from Enlightenment thinking to mythology to personal development. Written in the 50's but seemingly timeless, this book flexes all of Rollo May's incredible intellectual free spiritedness. In the end, the reader is challenged to live a better life in the 20th Century.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JohnG on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Though not a "self help" book, this book was by far the most effective self-help book I have.
Here's how it worked for me:
A. First reading, with May's brilliant and insightful observations and descriptions, I couldn't help but see the sad state of today's human condition.
B. Second reading, I clearly saw my neighbors, friends, lovers, coworkers and even family members represented on virtually every page.
C. Third reading, often despite some resistance, I began to see myself.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Valentine on August 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book this morning and have thoroughly enjoyed the generous wisdom it contains. May has a keen mind; he draws upon case examples and world literature alike to illustrate his themes and he is a precise craftsman for writing in clear language.
Because it was written in 1953, and boy, don't we know so much has happened since then! the book seems a little dated. But are you going to read it because of it's 'timeliness' with headlines, psychological movements or its spirit of contemporary feel, or because you want to learn about yourself in relation to the world that you live in? Anything can be dated. But not every book can be so beneficial in instruction, whether published this year or in previous years.
I took several notes while reading and consider myself just a little bit of a smarter person having finished reading it. But I'll be wiser when I begin to incorporate the wisdom found within.
For these reasons, I recommend it.
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