Freedom and Destiny

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 1999 - Psychology - 288 pages
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The popular psychoanalyst examines the continuing tension in our lives between the possibilities that freedom offers and the various limitations imposed upon us by our particular fate or destiny.

"May is an existential analyst who deservedly enjoys a reputation among both general and critical readers as an accessible and insightful social and psychological theorist. . . . Freedom's characteristics, fruits, and problems; destiny's reality; death; and therapy's place in the confrontation between freedom and destiny are examined. . . . Poets, social critics, artists, and other thinkers are invoked appropriately to support May's theory of freedom and destiny's interdependence."—Library Journal "Especially instructive, even stunning, is Dr. May's willingness to respect mystery. . . .There is, too, at work throughout the book a disciplined yet relaxed clinical mind, inclined to celebrate . . . what Flannery O'Connor called 'mystery and manners,' and to do so in a tactful, meditative manner."—Robert Coles, America
 

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User Review  - loafingcactus - Goodreads

I don't think I'm capable of writing the sort of review of which this book is worthy. I read all of Rollo May's books shortly after graduating from college and they were life changing, and I only just returned to this book for a project. Live. Changing. I will leave it at that. Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Alonso - Goodreads

A very interesting and accessible analysis of free will versus destiny. May articulates some of the very thoughts I'd been slowly realizing, but hadn't yet become fully conscious of until I found ... Read full review

Contents

The Uniqueness of Freedom
5
The Hypocrisies of Freedom
11
To Set People Free
18
II
24
The Fear of Abandonment
30
The Confronting of Mother
37
The GreenBlue Lad
45
The Dynamics of Freedom
52
VII
135
The Myth of Narcissus and Revenge
144
Freedom from Barriers
150
IX
163
Creativity and the Symbol
170
The Psyche and the Ego
177
Anxiety and the Pause
187
Dogmatism Is Fear of Freedom
194

Is There a Conflict between Freedom of Doing and Freedom
60
IV
66
Freedom and Rebellion
72
V
83
Destiny and Responsibility
96
VI
102
Witchcraft and the Projection of Destiny
109
Destiny and the Poets
122
XI
204
The Balance between Illness and Health
212
XII
219
Forgiveness and Mercy
229
The Values of Despair
235
The Nature of Joy
241
Index
263
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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.

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