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Rollo May
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15 Mar 1995
He pays particular attention to the causes of loneliness and isolation, and to our search for stability in an age of anxiety.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New edition edition (15 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393312402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393312409
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A brisk, clear, popular introduction to existential psychology/psychotherapy. . . [Rollo May] makes a good case for it as a pragmatically broad and flexible method. . . . A solid, stimulating presentation. "

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THOUGH THE existential approach had been the most prominent in European psychiatry and psychoanalysis for two decade, it was practically unknown in America until 1960. Read the first page
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to existential psychology 13 July 1998
By A Customer
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This is the most succinct and authoritative introduction to existential psychology and psychotherapy currently available. It contains a variety of May's pithy and penetrating essays on the subject, including his introductory chapter to the classic collection EXISTENCE (1958) that first conveyed the tenets of European existential analysis across the Atlantic to America. When I teach courses on existential psychotherapy, this is one of the titles I like to include as required reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic insights 11 Sep 2013
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This book blew away years of clouded thinking and puzzlement for me. I wish I had discovered it sooner and believe it should be standard reading for all students, teachers, parents, in fact all humans! A recent upsurge in existential psychology is bringing this work back into the mainstream and not a moment too soon. Impossible to do it justice in a review so I just suggest 'read it'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but good Historical Introduction 25 Sep 2008
By sanyata
Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of May and so I recommend this book on the basis of his persona rather than the lessons to be learned from reading this volume.

It has some generally strong points regarding the historical introduction to Existential Psychology and to how it came about. Those will not be too helpful for the fletching therapist looking to learn the basics but rather help you understand the greater historical/philosophical scheme of things for your own sake.

The last chapters on Heidegger are not too helpful which is why the book only gets four stars. But it is still a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How they looked at the world back then! 12 May 2014
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A great analysis by the great man-I somehow felt I was reading a Jules Verne novel and were seeing how many predictions came true. Amust for the existential scholar and student alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to existential psychology 13 July 1998
By dr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the most succinct and authoritative introduction to existential psychology and psychotherapy currently available. It contains a variety of May's pithy and penetrating essays on the subject, including his introductory chapter to the classic collection EXISTENCE (1958) that first conveyed the tenets of European existential analysis across the Atlantic to America. When I teach courses on existential psychotherapy, this is one of the titles I like to include as required reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Realm of Existentialism 8 April 2005
By Katharena M. Eiermann - Published on Amazon.com
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Think: Loneliness and Isolation

"...the whole existential approach is rooted in the always curious phenomenon that we have in man a being who not only can but must, if he is to realize himself, question his own being."

The Discovery of Being -- Writings in Existential Psychology -- by Rollo May is a superior introduction to Existential Psychology. If one is concerned with the causes of loneliness and isolation, in the human being -- which is also a major theme of the Existentialist school of thought -- this book is an excellent place to start. The Discovery of Being is a brisk, unclouded read. Stimulating would be an understatement, to say the least.

For those interested in how Existential Psychology applies to Existentialism and Phenomenology, there is a section dealing with Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Freud...as background material. Other interest peaking sections that I enjoyed: How Existentialism and Psychoanalysis Arose out of the Same Cultural Situation, To Be and Not to Be, Anxiety and Guilt as Ontological, Being in the World, and The Three Modes of World. That should be enough to whet one's appetite. --Katharena Eiermann, 2005, the Realm of Existentialism -- Presidential Hopeful
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Existential Psychology Introduction 17 Nov 2007
By Colin M. Burchfield, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Rollo May provides in this book a good introduction to existential psychotherapy. He clearly introduces the central concepts of existentialism and provides wonderful insight into human beings from that perspective. What makes this book especially appealing is the fact that May writes in an incredibly readable manner about sometimes quite obtuse information. I recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about existentialism, existential psychology, and, in particular, existential psychotherapy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the foundations of existentialism 9 Jan 2007
By Raymond Lavoie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've found Rollo May's treatment of the precursors and pivotal events which led to a recognizable school of philosophy and psychotherapy to be very understandable, readable and engaging. He writes in a style that pulls you into the philosophical debate and is adept at explaining the various contentions so that a casual reader of these texts can easily understand and follow the debate. It's a great primer that should lead to further readings in existentialism inspired by the bibliographical references!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem for Understanding Yourself & Others 3 Dec 2011
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Rollo May is the most insightful psychotherapist to ever write. I am a philosopher, not a psychologist, yet I find myself thrown into the position of [religious & philosophical] counselor time & time again. This book reaffirms what I have encountered repeatedly and have coined "suburban psychosis", or the psychological problems of the healthy person. This book provides a much better model for understanding human anxiety and happiness than the mere behavioual models adopted by our modern "qualified" therapists. I reccomend this to everyone--not just therapists, counselors, and clergy. The truths revealed in this book are gems; they will become precious to you and only gain in value over time.
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