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Rollo May

Fecha de nacimiento: 21. Abril 1909
Fecha de muerte: 22. Octubre 1994

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Rollo May , psicólogo y psicoterapeuta existencialista estadounidense. Pionero de la psicología y psicoterapia existencial en América. Aunque con frecuencia se le asocia con la psicología humanista, se diferencia de otros psicólogos humanistas como Maslow o Rogers al mostrar un entendimiento más agudo de las dimensiones trágicas de la existencia humana. May era un amigo cercano del teólogo Paul Tillich.

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Frases Rollo May

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„Freud was in error when he held that religion is per se a compulsion neurosis. Some religion is and some is not.“

— Rollo May
Context: In any discussion of religion and personality integration the question is not whether religion itself makes for health or neurosis, but what kind of religion and how is it used? Freud was in error when he held that religion is per se a compulsion neurosis. Some religion is and some is not. p. 166

„People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage.“

— Rollo May
Context: The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical in creatures like them. But a man or woman becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage. Ch. 1 : The Courage to Create, p. 21

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„Thinking and self-creating are inseparable. When we become aware of all the fantasies in which we see ourselves in the future, pilot ourselves this way or that, this becomes obvious.“

— Rollo May
Context: The self is made up, on its growing edge, of the models, forms, metaphors, myths, and all other kinds of psychic content which give it direction in its self-creation. This is a process that goes on continuously. As Kierkegaard well said, the self is only that which it is in the process of becoming. Despite the obvious determinism in human life — especially in the physical aspect of ones self in such simple things as color of eyes, height relative length of life, and so on — there is also, clearly, this element of self-directing, self-forming. Thinking and self-creating are inseparable. When we become aware of all the fantasies in which we see ourselves in the future, pilot ourselves this way or that, this becomes obvious. Ch. 5 : The Delphic Oracle as Therapist, p. 99

„Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives.“

— Rollo May
Context: Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives. It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity. As quoted in Think and Grow Rich : A Black Choice (1991) by Dennis Kimbro and Napoleon Hill, p. 104

„Civilization begins with a rebellion.“

— Rollo May
Context: Civilization begins with a rebellion. Prometheus, one of the Titans, steals fire from the gods on Mount Olympus and brings it as a gift to man, marking the birth of human culture. For this rebellion Zeus sentences him to be chained to Mount Caucasus where vultures consume his liver during the day and at night it grows back only to be again eaten away the next day. This is a tale of the agony of the creative individual, whose nightly rest only resuscitates him so that he can endure his agonies the next day. Ch. 11 : The Humanity of the Rebel

„Aeschylus is not impersonal but transpersonal, a believer in fate and moral responsibility at the same time.“

— Rollo May
Context: The daimonic power does not merely take the individual over as its victim, but works through him psychologically, it clouds his judgment, makes it harder for him to see reality, but still leaves him with the responsibility for the act. This is the age old dilemma of my own personal responsibility even though I am ruled by fate. It is the ultimate statement that truth and reality are psychologized only to a limited extent. Aeschylus is not impersonal but transpersonal, a believer in fate and moral responsibility at the same time. p. 136

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