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Pages: 324

Language: English

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 1st Edition edition (11 Sept. 1991)

By: Rollo May(Author)

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It happens almost daily in a therapist's office. A patient, recalling a person, an event, an emotion, quite unexpectedly supplies a link from the present to one of the durable myths of our culture. In this moment, the myth reveals to the patient source of disturbance and pain in a pattern of behaviour that often stretches over a year. The healing process begins. The myth, "eternity breaking into time" in Rollo May's works, becomes the focal point of recovery. Through tracing myths - whether from classical Greece and Dante's Middle Ages, European legend (Faust and the prototype of Sleeping Beauty), or contemporary life (Jay Gatsby) - and relating them to the dreams and associations he encounters in his own practice, Dr May provides meaning and structure for all who seek direction in a morally confusing world.

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By Pensato on 24 July 2012

    A powerful book that challenges the notion that myths belong to the past, indeed that advocates the necessity for humanity to have myths to live by, that without myths our lives lose structure and meaning.I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Dante's Inferno and The Great Gatsby but it was with May's look at the myth of Faust through three sources - Marlowe, Goethe and Thomas Mann - that he brings the great myth of our times to life.The final chapter on space flight and those first astounding images of the Earth from space back in the 1960s speculates on what our myths may be, may need to be, in the 21st century.

  • By David Muir on 29 August 2013

    This book is an excellent introduction to the understanding of myth and how myth can be used to give at least an appearance of purpose and direction to someone who in the twenty first century is exhausted by life's ups and downs.I think it is perhaps like compensating for the individual having plans that life events interfere with and bring to naught things hoped for and desired.Many people have no purpose and meaning in their life and feel that if reason alone cannot seem to give them answers to the questions life raises then they turn to myth as a young girl would clutch a doll to herself for comfort and assurance of a sort.However there is another route to self fulfillment, to reason and the validity of reason.A way to give real purpose,meaning and direction to our lives,filled with focus and supported by fact and attested to in history and contemporary living.Humanism has failed us as proven in one of many examples by the many wars of the last century and who can tell what will happen in this new one.I read this book that I now refer to and recommend as an alternative to embracing mythology.As the late G K Chesterton said "the purpose of having an open mind is like having an open mouth,to close it on something solid.This book I now recommend has that kind of solidity and ]could change your life forever and I mean forever.I read it and it changed mine and after fifty years I am still convinced.[[ASIN:0830834052 Escape from Reason (IVP Classics)]

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