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The Courage to Create Paperback – March 17, 1994
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A signal testimonial to the creative spirit. . . . A brilliantly incisive exploration of the creative 'encounter' the coming to grips of the healthily committed creative artist or thinker with his sociocultural background and with his own dangerously Promethean impulses. "
Another in Dr. May's extraordinary, wise, and hopeful . . . series of nearly poetic meditations on the future of mankind. "
A lucid and highly concentrated analysis of the creative process.... [May] describes the requisites for the creative encounter and the moment of the 'breakthrough.' "
A signal testimonial to the creative spirit.... A brilliantly incisive exploration of the creative 'encounter' the coming to grips of the healthily committed creative artist or thinker with his sociocultural background and with his own dangerously Promethean impulses. "
About the Author
Rollo May (1909-1994) taught at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, and was Regents' Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An influential psychologist, he was the best-selling author of Love and Will, as well as the author of The Courage to Create, Man's Search for Himself, The Meaning of Anxiety, and Psychology and the Human Dilemma.
Top Customer Reviews
Physical, Moral, Social and Creative courage are each discussed in practical terms. Unlike many books which incorporate "creativity" in the title, this book truly focuses one possible reason creativity continues to elude empirical measurement, not unlike Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle." We can know about the world/nature-at-large but it depends on what we ask. Perhaps there is another side to what it means "to know." If this question intrigues you then read, and re-read The Courage to Create. It is a guidebook for lifetime existential quest that doesn't kick aside practical application. Tolerance for ambiguity--that's the key.
disuse protects until that happy "discovery" by an old
friend. Rollo May's "The Courage to Create" was written in
1975 - in a time when the presence of the atom bomb created an anxiety
that prevented people to create for a future that was unsure, at best.
Now in 2000, twenty five years of cosmic angst have intensified to a
fear of the limits of even a glimpse of a future and it is reaffirming
to return to Rollo May to regain the courage to "rage against the
dying of the light." In eloquent but inordinately accessible
language May surveys the entire concept of Creativity with terse, well
selected passages from Plato and the ancients to Cezanne to Tillich
and Kierkegard and Thomas Wolfe. This is not a "How To" book
or self-help rapid- read to solve superficial problems. This little
book, when read slowly and thoughtfully, guides us through concepts
that allow us to regain a state of positive thinking in a time when it
is far more popular to dwell on our day to day foibles and transient
misjudgements. The discovery of the self is his most important
driver, yet he doesn't stop there. Taking that newly discovered self
and building the courage to acknowledge encounters, engagements,
epiphanies, and a usable acceptance of limits - this sounds so simple
in a review, but when May has your complete attention, more happens to
us than just learning about creativity: we learn about really
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book if you are looking for confidence surrounding your creative practice and creativity in general. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Holly G
Profound. Life changing.
If someone important told you they loved you but acted differently read chapter 3.
Enjoyable read from Rollo May. He continues on his quest to show us how to get in touch with our inner state of Being and from this create our world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jpallotta
some of the most inspiring and insightful nuggets of wisdom I've collected were realized through this bookPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I first read it at 18 years old and I am re-reading it at 46,Published 8 months ago by lu