Love and Will

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Psychology - 352 pages
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"An extraordinary book on sex and civilization....An important contribution to contemporary morality." -- Newsweek

The heart of man's dilemma, according to Rollo May, is the failure to understand the real meaning of love and will, their source and interrelation. Bringing fresh insight to these concepts, May shows how we can attain a deeper consciousness.

"Wise, rich, witty and indispensable....It should have led any list of important books." -- John Leonard, New York Times

  

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Best book I've ever read. Brilliant and moved me on a very deep level. If I had to take one book with me to a desert island, it would probably be this one. Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
9
Introduction Our Schizoid World
13
Problems as Prophetic
18
The Artist and the Neurotic
21
The Neurotic as Predictive
24
The Emergence of Apathy
27
Paradoxes of Sex and Love
37
Sexual Wilderness
39
Contradiction in Will
185
The Case of John
189
Will in Psychoanalysis
194
Illusion and Will
196
Wish and Will
202
The Demise of Will Power
204
Freuds AntiWill System
207
The Wish
208

Salvation Through Technique
43
The New Puritanism
45
Freud and Puritanism
48
Motives of the Problem
53
The Revolt Against Sex
59
Eros in Conflict with Sex
64
The Return of Repressed Eros
65
What Is Eros?
72
Eros in Plato
77
Freud and Eros
81
A Case Study
89
Eros Sickening
94
Love and Death
99
Love As the Intimation of Mortality
100
Death and the Obsession with Sex
105
The Tragic Sense in Love
109
The Tragic and Separation
111
Contraceptives and the Tragic
117
Love and the Daimonic
122
Defining the Daimonic
123
Objections to the Term
129
The Daimonic in Primitive Psychotherapy
131
Some Historical Soundings
135
Love and the Diamonic
145
The Daimonic in Dialogue
154
Dialogue and Integration
155
Stages of the Daimonic
159
The Daimonic and the Anonymous
161
The Daimonic and Knowledge
164
Naming the Daimonic
167
Naming of the Daimonic in Therapy
172
The Will in Crisis
181
Undermining of Personal Responsibility
182
Illness As the Inability to Wish
212
Lack of Capacity to Wish
215
William James and Will
218
Intentionality
223
The Roots of Intentionality
225
Examples from Psychoanalysis
231
Perception and Intentionality
235
The Body and Intentionality
238
Will and Intentionality
241
Intentionality in Therapy
246
Case of Preston
248
Stages in Therapy
262
From Wish to Will
266
Wish and Will to Decision
267
Human Freedom
268
The Relation of Love and Will
275
Love and Will Blocking Each Other
276
Impotence As an Example
280
Imagination and Time
281
Union of Love and Will
283
The Meaning of Care
287
Care in Love and Will
289
The Mythos of Care
293
Care in Our Day
303
Communion of Consciousness
307
Love as Personal
309
Aspects of the Love Act
313
Creating of Consciousness
316
Love Will and the Forms of Society
320
Notes
326
Index
344
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Rollo May (1909-1994) was an influential existential psychologist and the author of Love and Will, The Courage to Create, and The Discovery of Being.

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