The Courage to Create

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 17, 1994 - Psychology - 143 pages
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"Extraordinary, wise, and hopeful... nearly poetic meditations."—Boston Globe

What if imagination and art are not, as many of us might think, the frosting on life but the fountainhead of human experience? What if our logic and science derive from art forms, rather than the other way around? In this trenchant volume, Rollo May helps all of us find those creative impulses that, once liberated, offer new possibilities for achievement. A renowned therapist and inspiring guide, Dr. May draws on his experience to show how we can break out of old patterns in our lives. His insightful book offers us a way through our fears into a fully realized self.

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User Review  - Matthew Leroy - Goodreads

May turns his attention and brilliance to the creative act. He defines this as involving a myriad of possibilities, art, psychotherapy, and more broadly living. I found his insights into the need for limitations, whether they be of the palette, or death to be particularly meaningful. Read full review

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User Review  - Shauna - Goodreads

In the beginning, I enjoyed the content and flow of the book. However, by the end I was not engaged and found that the content drifted and repeated quite a bit. Looking back over my underlines once I ... Read full review


TWO The Nature of Creativity
THREE Creativity and the Unconscious
FOUR Creativity and Encounter
SEVEN Passion for Form

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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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