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Psyche and Soul in America

The Spiritual Odyssey of Rollo May

Robert H. Abzug

Psyche and Soul in America

Psyche and Soul in America

The Spiritual Odyssey of Rollo May

Psyche and Soul in America

 

The first biography of Rollo May, a psychoanalyst and popular philosopher of the 1950s through 1980s whose ideas reached millions of readers through such works as Love and Will and Man's Search for Himself and helped create popular acceptance of psychotherapy in its golden age.


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In post-World War II America and especially during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, the psychologist Rollo May contributed profoundly to the popular and professional response to a widely felt sense of personal emptiness amid a culture in crisis. May addressed the sources of depression, powerlessness, and conformity but also mapped a path to restore authentic individuality, intimacy, creativity, and community. A psychotherapist by trade, he employed theology,
philosophy, literature, and the arts to answer a central enduring question: "How, then, shall we live?"

Robert Abzug's definitive biography traces May's epic life from humble origins in the Protestant heartland of the Midwest to his longtime practice in New York City and his participation in the therapeutic culture of California. May's books—Love and Will, Man's Search for Himself, The Courage to Create, and others—as well as his championing of non-medical therapeutic practice and introduction of Existential psychotherapy to America marked important contributions to
the profession. Most of all, May's compelling prose reached millions of readers from all walks of life, finding their place, as Noah Adams noted in his NPR eulogy, "on a hippy's bookshelf." And May was one of the founders of the humanistic psychology movement that has shaped the very vocabulary with which many Americans
describe their emotional and spiritual lives.

Based on full and uncensored access to May's papers and original oral interviews, Psyche and Soul in America reveals his turbulent inner life, his religious crises, and their influence on his contribution to the world of psychotherapy and the culture beyond. It adds new and intimate dimensions to an important aspect of America's romance with therapy, as the site for the exploration of spiritual strivings and moral dilemmas unmet for many by traditional religion.


ISBN
9780199754373
Pagina's
544
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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