Existence: a New Dimension in Psychiatry and Psychology by Rollo May, Ernest Angel, Henri F. Ellenberger

By Rollo May, Ernest Angel, Henri F. Ellenberger

Given that its ebook, lifestyles has been considered as crucial, entire, and lucid account of the existentialist method of psychology. From the works of the prime spokesmen of the existential analytic move, the editors have chosen vintage case histories and different writings to outline the method that seeks to appreciate psychological disorder, within the phrases of Rollo may perhaps, _...not as deviations from the conceptual yardstick of this or that psychiatrist...but as deviations within the constitution of the actual patient's life, the disruptions of his situation humane._

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Anti-conformist in the extreme, despair, isolation. 42 knowledge of these ultimate psychological crises. " Thus speaks Karl Jaspers in his enlightening discussion of the similarities of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, whom he regards as the two greatest figures of the nineteenth century. , 1956. 41 The existential thinkers as a whole take this loss of consciousness as the centrally be limited to the psychological context of neurosis. in our time, Jaspers indeed believes that the forces which destroy personal consciousness the juggernaut processes of conformity and collectivism, may well lead to a more radical loss of individual consciousness on the part of modern man.

Development our modern theory of man lost its intellectual center. We Theologians, scienacquired instead a complete anarchy of thought. tists, politicians, sociologists, biologists, psychologists, ethnologists, econothis . . mists all approached the problem from their own viewpoints every author seems in the last count to be led by his own conception and evalua. . " 27 It is no wonder that Max Scheler declared, "In no other period of human knowledge has man ever become more problematic have a scientific, a philosophical, and to himself than in our own days.

But by the end of the nineteenth century, as Tillich demonstrates most cogently, this ecstatic character had been lost. Reason had become "technical reason": reason married to techniques, reason as functioning best when devoted to isolated and subordinate to technical industrial problems, reason as an adjunct off from emotion and will, reason indeed as progress, reason as separated reason finally which Kierkegaard and Nietzsche opposed to existence-the so strongly attacked, Now, part of the time form, as when he course," and speaks so on.

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