The Discovery of Being

W. W. Norton & Company
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“Clear, accurate, and interesting. There is no better short introduction to the existential approach to psychology.” —Dallas Morning News

The brilliant psychologist Rollo May was a major force in existential psychology. Here, he brings together the ideas of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and other great thinkers to offer insights into its ideas and techniques. He pays particular attention to the causes of loneliness and isolation and to our search to find new and firm moorings in order to move toward a future where responsibility, creativity, and love can play a role.

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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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W. W. Norton & Company
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Published on
May 4, 2015
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780393346961
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Personality
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