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Man's Search for Himself

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,696 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Loneliness, boredom, emptiness: These are the complaints that Rollo May encountered over and over from his patients. In response, he probes the hidden layers of personality to reveal the core of man's integration--a basic and inborn sense of value. Man's Search for Himself is an illuminating view of our predicament in an age of overwhelming anxieties and gives guidance on ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 15th 1973 by Delta (first published April 1st 1953)
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Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for 10 cents at a library used book sale. It sat on my book shelf for two years and I picked it up just to flip through it and it couldn't have been a better time. It is exactly what I was looking for, talk about a meaningful coincidence. It was written in the 1950's by the great existential psychologist Rollo May and it is still valid in today’s world. May discusses the importance of becoming your own person and how we find meaning within ourselves. He also talks about the strug ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this book, I noticed parallelisms between Rollo May's insights with those of Erich Fromm, especially on the aspect of freedom and irrational authority. But the difference is, May's style is rather free-flowing and spontaneous as contrasted with Fromm's somewhat repetitive with rigorously referenced writing.

Condemning ourselves is the quickest way to get a substitute sense of worth. People who have almost, but not quite, lost their feeling of worth generally have very strong needs to condemn
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I found this book at the Salvation Army & purchased it for .99 cents, which is probably the least I've ever paid for a book that I would grow to adore. What made me connect with this book most is how timeless it is, the emotions expressed about that time period resonate completely with modern times. I'd reccomend this book to anyone whose at a cross roads in their life & is looking for lit that can shed some light on our internal conflicts with the world around us & our place in it.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
از دیدگاه روان شناسی زمان فقط گذشت دقایق و ساعتها نیست بلکه معنی حالات و تجربه هایی است که برای شخص پیش می آید.
یعنی آنچه زمان را برای فرد مهم می سازد حالات امیدها دلهره ها و رشد و حرکتی است که در آن برای انسان وجود دارد.
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Jeremy Konstanzer
I may be in a minority in my reaction to Man's Search for Himself, but I was rather underwhelmed by May's particular characterization of the process of actualizing and individuating. While all of his assessments appear to be true, and while he does manage to touch on almost all of the points conceivably related to creating selfhood, it seems that other authors dealt with the essential material of human existence with more zeal and pizazz than May could muster. For example, emotional life is bett ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفة, نفسي
شدني عنوانه كثيرا فهو من الموضوعات التي تستهويني بشدة ....
بدأت بمطالعته أثناء تواجدي بالكلية بعد انتهائي من العمل ويبدو جيدا .... ولكن بعد أن أنهيته أحسست بإرهاق ربما لأنني لم اعتد قراءة مثل هذه الكتب
المعقدة نوعاً ما
استمتعت ببعض أجزاءه وطبقتها على محيطي فتفاعلت معها لكن أكثرها استصعبت علي ربما كان من المبكر قراءة مثل هذا الكتاب لي ولكنها كانت تجربة غنية استفدت منها كما أنني بدافع الفضول تعلمت أكثر عن عقدة أوديب وعقدة أليكترا وصندوق باندورا الذي أشار إليهم ^^
وهذا بعض ما راق لي من عبارات :
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May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1953 outlining mass conformity, threat of nuclear holocaust, absent value system, among other things, cause us to lose touch with who the fuck we are.

Must have been hard to live back then when that was a problem.

The reading of this book coincided with my life changing drastically. But as that guy sings "correlation is not causation."
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Benliğin oluşum problemlerine ışık tutan, kolayca anlaşılan tam bir başucu kitabı.
Mine Sağlam
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aziemah Aziz
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly, it was an easy read for a newbie in psychology. I love how the writer used analogy to explain some jargons. Even though it was written way before the age of technology, the content was still relevant to our current context. This book is a must-read if you are looking for a deeper understanding of the perception of self.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, psycho, 2017
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Aug 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone interested in the search for the self
I learned the function of prophetic religion and its conflict with the dogmatic systems of the institution and the way these collide upon the matrix of the self in ever increasing complexities...I also learned that rebellion is a means and not the end in and of itself to a more ethical relationship with the systems that is quote I found to be interesting...."Difficult as the task is, we must accept ourselves and our society where we are, and find our ethical center through a deeper und ...more
Matthew Leroy
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: existential
May's words seem timeless, focusing on the way every historic period has a challenge to become who one is, and free oneself from the popular opinion. One thing I consistently struggle with May, and other existentialists, is there focus on individuality, seemingly neglecting that in different historical time periods, it is harder for some people to become who they are. Think about the way homophobia, transphobia, blocks people from honoring their social selves. Still, it is nice to read how searc ...more
I ve just finished its really amazing sometimes I shocked the comments how unconsciously human being affected . hwr we re blind these in some point..very insightful book and thought Rollo May is really genius very good observer as well very deep understanding . You would read it if u really want to realise how our behaviour affected by daily basis stress.this book precious one for me. HIghly recommended !
Jim Jackson
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no overt theological underpinning to this book. But as I read through the lens of Biblical theology (as best as I could with limited theological training), I was awakened to a new depth of thinking about purpose, motives, sin and selfishness, and self-righteousness. At a critical point in my life this book (required reading at the time) has forever influence how I interact with what I often find to be over-simplified Christian platitudes masking fear, resentment, and ultimately sin.
Fiore Carpino
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. It is immediately evident how steeped in the times during which it was written (the aftermath of the 2nd world war), and yet it remains a meaningful and accurate assessment of the person that will be relevant and useful to those who wish to think critically about their own existence and what the duty is of each person to realize what it means to be a self.
Iliyana Parashkevova
One of the best books I've read in my life. There's something special about the last few century authors - it's very intriguing that the same stuff they've been writing about years and even centuries ago are so actual and real nowadays, as they've predicted the battles that human race will need to go through in 21st century. Simply astonishing book.
Cortland Bell
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book simply transcends time. Originally published 60+ years ago it connects the past, present, and future of any time. If you are interested in the physiology of man kind this book would be perfect. I know now that our problems go way deeper than the surface. Know yourself first then I think this world can change. One soul at a time!
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeffrey by: My therapist
This book was recommended to me by my therapist. Though it is old, there are still a great number of things that one can learn from it about being the person you mean to be and how one can do that even in the loneliest and most trying of times.

I wrote more extensively about the book and its recommender here:
Ada Cerma
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written perfectly. It's so useful regarding the psychological and philosophical evaluations of the society's problems but i do think that it lacks a bit offering solutions,meaning palpable ones,more practical. But I found it helpful in finding my personal faults and how to approach myself differently. It was a new experience in reading and it has opened new roads to me.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that came to me in a list of books that have had a profound impact on my life. I was discussing some of my life challenges with my roommate at the time and he pulled this book from his collection and suggested I give it a read. Rollo May's work is very articulate and put on the path to the right questions.
J Crossley
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provided insights regarding the urge that we may feel to conform to others, and how difficult it is to stand on our own. Taking responsibility for our own lives is never the easy path, but if we want to build our self-esteem, it is vital.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book on the importance of knowing one self. It reassured me that the agonies one is facing is in fact good because that is an indication that one is not comfortable with the present state of being and that would lead to seeking to know yourself more.
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am saddened that this sort of thinking and analysis has not emerged more publicly in our society. We could all learn a lot and truly improve the world starting with right here between my own ears.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a good companion for a couple of days, as I'm living the struggle of "what do I like/want to do in life" it made me feel at least that it's not so strange not to know the answer as we seldom experience and assert ourselves.
Chris Lewis
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My therapist told me to read changing stuff. Highly, HIGHLY recommend it!
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who realizes a higher consciousness of self
Shelves: 2010, psychology
A great summation on the psychology of self. Highly recommend it, a great mind-blowing thought-provoking book.
Gianfranco Ruffini
201509.a+.autore indispensabile. Leggi altro
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Rollo May (April 21, 1909 – October 22, 1994) was an American existential psychologist. He authored the influential book Love and Will during 1969.

Although he is often associated with humanistic psychology, his philosophy was influenced strongly by existentialist philosophy. May was a close friend of the theologian Paul Tillich. His works include Love and Will and The Courage to Create, the latter
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“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.” 348 likes
“Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. ... One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can "be", that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.” 105 likes
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