May, Rollo - Love and Will (Norton, 1969) by Rollo May

May, Rollo - Love and Will (Norton, 1969) by Rollo May

Author:Rollo May [May, Rollo]
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 2011-03-07T06:00:00+00:00

Among the sophisticated the use of the term “will power” has become perhaps the most unambiguous badge of naïveté. It has become unfashionable to try, by one’s unaided efforts, to force one’s way out of a condition of neurotic misery; for the stronger the will the more likely it is to be labeled a “counter-phobic maneuver.” The unconscious is heir to the prestige of will. As one’s fate formerly was determined by will, now it is determined by the repressed mental life. Knowledgeable moderns put their backs to the wheel and in so doing may fail to put their shoulders to the wheel. As will has been devalued, so has courage; for courage can exist only in the service of will, and can hardly be valued higher than that which it serves. In our understanding of human nature we have gained determinism, lost determination.2


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