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Rollo May

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

Rollo May fue un 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. Era un amigo cercano del teólogo Paul Tillich. Wikipedia

„Lo opuesto al amor no es el odio sino la apatía.“

—  Rollo May

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„La depresión es la incapacidad de construirse un futuro.“

—  Rollo May

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„Art is a substitute for violence.“

—  Rollo May

Fuente: Power and Innocence (1972), Ch. 11 : The Humanity of the Rebel
Contexto: Art is a substitute for violence. The same impulses that drive persons to violence — the hunger for meaning, the need for ecstasy, the impulse to risk all — drive the artist to create. He is by nature our archrebel. … the essence of the rebellion is in the new way of seeing nature and life.

„Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings.“

—  Rollo May

Fuente: Man’s Search for Himself (1953), p. 67
Contexto: Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity, who is able to affirm his being, if need be, against all other beings and the whole inorganic world.

„Symbol and myth do bring into awareness infantile, archaic dreads and similar primitive psychic content. This is their regressive aspect. But they also bring out new meaning, new forms, and disclose a reality that was literally not present before, a reality that is not merely subjective but has a second pole which is outside ourselves. This is the progressive side of symbol and myth.“

—  Rollo May

Fuente: The Courage to Create (1975), Ch. 4 : Creativity and the Encounter, p. 91
Contexto: Symbol and myth do bring into awareness infantile, archaic dreads and similar primitive psychic content. This is their regressive aspect. But they also bring out new meaning, new forms, and disclose a reality that was literally not present before, a reality that is not merely subjective but has a second pole which is outside ourselves. This is the progressive side of symbol and myth. This aspect points ahead. It is integrative. It is a progressive revealing of structure in our relation to nature and our own existence, as the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur so well states. It is a road to universals beyond discrete personal experience.

„Community can be defined simply as a group in which free conversation can take place.“

—  Rollo May

Fuente: Power and Innocence (1972), Ch. 12 : Toward New Community
Contexto: Communication leads to community — that is, to understanding, intimacy, and the mutual valuing that was previously lacking.
Community can be defined simply as a group in which free conversation can take place. Community is where I can share my innermost thoughts, bring out the depths of my own feelings, and know they will be understood.

„When we "fall" in love, as the expressive verb puts it, the world shakes and changes around us, not only in the way it looks but in our whole experience of what we are doing in the world.“

—  Rollo May, libro Love and Will

Fuente: Love and Will (1969), p. 100
Contexto: When we "fall" in love, as the expressive verb puts it, the world shakes and changes around us, not only in the way it looks but in our whole experience of what we are doing in the world. Generally, the shaking is consciously felt in its positive aspects … Love is the answer, we sing. … our Western culture seems to be engaged in a romantic — albeit desperate — conspiracy to enforce the illusion that that is all there is to eros.

„Every human being must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he says, "This is me and the world be damned!"“

—  Rollo May

As quoted in Marriage Today : Problems, Issues, and Alternatives (1977) by James E. De Burger, p. 444
Variant: I think Dostoevsky was right, that every human being must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he says, this is me and the damned world can go to hell.
As quoted in The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations (1998) by Connie Robertson, p. 270
Contexto: Therapy isn't curing somebody of something; it is a means of helping a person explore himself, his life, his consciousness. My purpose as a therapist is to find out what it means to be human. Every human being must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he says, "This is me and the world be damned!" Leaders have always been the ones to stand against the society — Socrates, Christ, Freud, all the way down the line.

„The human imagination leaps to form the whole, to complete the scene in order to make sense of it.“

—  Rollo May

Fuente: The Courage to Create (1975), Ch. 7 : Passion for Form, p. 131
Contexto: The human imagination leaps to form the whole, to complete the scene in order to make sense of it. The instantaneous way this is done shows how we are driven to construct the remainder of the scene. To fill the gaps is essential if the scene is to have meaning. That we may do this in misleading ways — at times in neurotic or paranoid ways — does not gainsay the central point. Our passion for form expresses our yearning to make the world adequate to our needs and desires, and, more important, to experience ourselves as having significance.

„The daimonic can be either creative or destructive and is normally both.“

—  Rollo May, libro Love and Will

Fuente: Love and Will (1969), p. 123
Contexto: The daimonic is any natural function which has the power to take over the whole person. Sex and eros, anger and rage, and the craving for power are examples. The daimonic can be either creative or destructive and is normally both.

„Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.“

—  Rollo May

Fuente: The Courage to Create (1975), Ch. 1 : The Courage to Create, p. 21
Contexto: The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.

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