- Name: Rollo May
- Born: 04/21/1909
- Died: 10/22/1994 (85 years old)
- Occupation: Psychologist, Author
- Known for: (1969)
Rollo Reece May (April 21, 1909– October 22, 1994) was an American existential psychologist and author of the influential book Love and Will (1969). He is often associated with humanistic psychology and existentialist philosophy, and alongside Viktor Frankl, was a major proponent of existential psychotherapy. The philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich was a close friend who had a significant influence on his work.
Birth Place: Ada, Ohio, U.S.
Death Place: Tiburon, California, U.S.
Rollo May quotes :
Loneliness is such an omnipotent and painful threat to many persons that they have little conception of the positive values of solitude and even, at times, are frightened at the prospect of being alone.Rollo May
Courage is not the absence of despair it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.Rollo May
It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one's inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle.Rollo May
Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death.Rollo May
Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity.Rollo May
Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.Rollo May
Human freedom involves our capacity to pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight.Rollo May