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Vererek değişimin kaygının içine gömülerek varılacak bir yaratıcılık düzeyinde gerçekleşeceğini vurguluyor Geçiş dönemi psikolojisinin tüm olumsuzluğunu yaratıcılığın zorunluluğu adına kutlayan May yeni olanın her yerde fışkırdığı bir dünyada insanın bilindışı kaynaklara güvenmesi. This book started off so promising for me I found myself getting sucked in to May's descriptions of the types of courage that exist — be they physical social moral or creative His detailings of the creative process in Chapter Two I found eually fascinatingand yet half way through this slim novel I started to struggle with the themes and lose focus In fairness I was attempting to read this when I was dog tired at home with extended family in between the trials of visitations and a funeral service for my recently deceased grandmother So perhaps if I were to attempt the second half again with a refreshed brain I'd get out of it Then again perhaps not Because May takes his book into a territory that is too foreign for me TOO psychological TOO intellectual this disenchantment begins with a chapter titled The Delphic Oracle as Therapist see SEE WHAT I MEANThat being said there were a lot of great takeaways from this oneHere are a few worth sharing Courage is not the absence of despair; it is rather the capacity to move ahead in spite of despairOn social courage It is the courage to relate to other human beings the capacity to risk one's self in the hope of achieving meaningful intimacy It is the courage to invest one's self over a period of time in a relationship that will demand an increasing opennessIt is infinitely safer to know that the man at the top has his doubts as you and I have ours yet has the courage to move ahead in spite of these doubts A cool uote from German mathematician Gottfried Leibnitz I would walk 20 miles to listen to my worst enemy if I could learn somethingGenuine creativity is characterized by an intensity of awareness a heightened consciousnesswe become oblivious to things around us as well as to the passage of time We experience a lessening of appetite But what the artist or creative scientist feels is not anxiety or fear; it is joy Joy defined as the emotion that goes with heightened consciousness the mood that accompanies the experience of actualizing one's own potentialities frame this one in the context that this book was first published in the 1970s The danger always exists that our technology will serve as a buffer between us and nature a block between us and the deeper dimensions of our own experience Tools and techniues ought to be an extension of consciousness but they can just as easily be a protection from consciousness A Cowboy's Pursuit read this when I was dog tired at home with extended family in between the trials of visitations and a funeral service for my A Cowboy Summer recently deceased grandmother So perhaps if I were to attempt the second half again with a Showdown with the Sheriff refreshed brain I'd get out of it Then again perhaps not Because May takes his book into a territory that is too foreign for me TOO psychological TOO intellectual this disenchantment begins with a chapter titled The Delphic Oracle as Therapist see SEE WHAT I MEANThat being said there were a lot of great takeaways from this oneHere are a few worth sharing Courage is not the absence of despair; it is The Conqueror's Lady / The Mercenary's Bride / His Enemy's Daughter rather the capacity to move ahead in spite of despairOn social courage It is the courage to Cowboy Smith relate to other human beings the capacity to Cries in the Night risk one's self in the hope of achieving meaningful intimacy It is the courage to invest one's self over a period of time in a Justice at Cardwell Ranch relationship that will demand an increasing opennessIt is infinitely safer to know that the man at the top has his doubts as you and I have ours yet has the courage to move ahead in spite of these doubts A cool uote from German mathematician Gottfried Leibnitz I would walk 20 miles to listen to my worst enemy if I could learn somethingGenuine creativity is characterized by an intensity of awareness a heightened consciousnesswe become oblivious to things around us as well as to the passage of time We experience a lessening of appetite But what the artist or creative scientist feels is not anxiety or fear; it is joy Joy defined as the emotion that goes with heightened consciousness the mood that accompanies the experience of actualizing one's own potentialities frame this one in the context that this book was first published in the 1970s The danger always exists that our technology will serve as a buffer between us and nature a block between us and the deeper dimensions of our own experience Tools and techniues ought to be an extension of consciousness but they can just as easily be a protection from consciousness

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Gerektiğini savunuyor Bunun için de yeni bir cesaret biçiminin bireyde yaratılmasına önemli katkılarda bulunuyor Bu kitabın kişiye kendi kaynaklarından yararlanmakta ve günümüzdeki ahlaksal çözülmenin çöküntüsü altında kalmadan yeni bir yaşam kurmakta düşünsel destek sağlayacağına inanıyoru. Not my favorite work by May Like Alan Watt's The Wisdom of Insecurity this book trails off into a rant about how awesome artists and art is but without any substance or meat to really link art and mental health No one needs to read both these books as they are too similar although this is the slightly better of the two Update having read a little Tillich and Carl Rogers' Dialogues I wish I had the patience and time to look this over again I now understand that May was at the center of an ideology war and sadly perhaps some of his writing in this book are casualties of the war Cowboy Brigade rant about how awesome artists and art is but without any substance or meat to A Cowboy's Pursuit really link art and mental health No one needs to A Cowboy Summer read both these books as they are too similar although this is the slightly better of the two Update having Showdown with the Sheriff read a little Tillich and Carl Rogers' Dialogues I wish I had the patience and time to look this over again I now understand that May was at the center of an ideology war and sadly perhaps some of his writing in this book are casualties of the war

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Yaratma Cesareti Amerikan psikolojisi ve varoluşçu psikoterapinin önde gelen ismi Rollo May'in en temel yapıtlarından biri May psikoloji psikoterapi felsefe ve sanatla yakın ilişkisinden ötürü yaratıcılık konusunu ilginç bir perspektiften inceliyor Tüm varoluşçular gibi o da kaygı olgusuna büyük önem. Rollo May is wise and inspiring The Courage to Create makes me long for a time when psychology was richer full of life and fed so much by the humanities and mythology as compared to the sterile narrow minded field we have today He retorts I do not use this term myth in the common present day deteriorated meaning of 'falsehood' This is an error that could be committed only by a society that has become so inebriated with adding up empirical facts that it seals off the deeper wisdom of human history I use myth as meaning rather a dramatic presentation of the moral wisdom of the human race The myth uses the totality of the senses rather than just the intellect May brings together art religion psychology and science in a powerful way All rise from the same bed of creativity This book shows the empowering side of existential thought showing that life is an act of creation We cannot be without creating We express our being by creating Creativity is a necessary seuel to beingWe are called upon to do something new to confront a no man's land to push into a forest where there are no well worn paths and from which no one has returned to guide us This is what the existentialists call the anxiety of nothingness To live into the future means to leap into the unknown and this reuires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people realize As Joseph Campbell often noted if you can clearly see the path ahead of you it certainly belongs to somebody else and is not your own He draws from other thinkers like Carl Jung Otto Rank Karl Marx Leibnitz Alfred Adler and William James and from artists and writers like Cezanne Shakespeare Picasso Keats Joyce and Rilke Artists are prophets and revolutionaries but the commandment also expresses the timeless fear that every society harbors of its artists poets and saints For they are the ones who threaten the status uo which each society is devoted to protectingthe creative artist and poet and saint must fight the actual gods of our society the god of conformism as well as gods of apathy material success and exploitative power Creativity grows out of the rage chaos and mystery of the unconscious personal and collective May chastises us for our own busyness which prevents us from complete living Of course when an individual is afraid of the irrational that is of the unconscious dimensions of experience he tries to keep busiest tries to keep most 'noise' going on about him The avoidance of the anxiety of solitude by constant agitated diversion is what Kierkegaard in a nice simile likened to the settlers in the early days of America who used to beat on pots and pans at night to make enough din to keep the wolves away Take off those ear buds and put down your damn smart phones Face your solitude with courage He then hurls a challenge at our mechanized world explaining why artists are so distrusted or feared Irrational unconscious phenomena are always a threat to this mechanization Poets may be delightful creatures in the meadow or the garret but they are menaces on the assembly line Mechanization reuires uniformity predictability and orderliness; and the very fact that unconscious phenomena are original and irrational is already an inevitable threat to bourgeois order and uniformityWe cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative person of all sorts are the possible destroyers of our nicely ordered systemsMay affirms the tortured artist stereotype and praises them over their conforming counterparts for they ability to live with anxiety and ambiguity Creative peopleare distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety even though a high price my be paid in terms of insecurity sensitivity and defenselessness for the gift of the 'divine madness' to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks I wish he would have kept out the final chapter of the book Passion for Form which felt flat and closed with his musings on the benefits of human limitations death place of birth height illness past decisions resources This is where his tempered existentialism really delivers I propose that it is the experience of this is the way things are meant to be If only for that moment we participate in the myth of creation Order comes out of disorder form out of chaos as it did in the creation of the universe This sense of joy comes from our participation no matter how slight in being as such The paradox is that at that moment we also experience vividly our own limitations We discover the amor fati that Nietzsche writes about the love of one's fate No wonder it gives a sense of ecstasy Western Civilization in the 21st century sorely needs hearts and minds to continue the tradition laid out by Rollo May Shattered Lullaby richer full of life and fed so much by the humanities and mythology as compared to the sterile narrow minded field we have today He A Dad At Last retorts I do not use this term myth in the common present day deteriorated meaning of 'falsehood' This is an error that could be committed only by a society that has become so inebriated with adding up empirical facts that it seals off the deeper wisdom of human history I use myth as meaning The Consummate Cowboy rather a dramatic presentation of the moral wisdom of the human Crave race The myth uses the totality of the senses A Daddy for Dillon rather than just the intellect May brings together art A Shooting Star religion psychology and science in a powerful way All Sheik Daddy rise from the same bed of creativity This book shows the empowering side of existential thought showing that life is an act of creation We cannot be without creating We express our being by creating Creativity is a necessary seuel to beingWe are called upon to do something new to confront a no man's land to push into a forest where there are no well worn paths and from which no one has Daddy's Little Matchmaker returned to guide us This is what the existentialists call the anxiety of nothingness To live into the future means to leap into the unknown and this Cooking Up Trouble / Kiss the Cook reuires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people The Daddy Surprise realize As Joseph Campbell often noted if you can clearly see the path ahead of you it certainly belongs to somebody else and is not your own He draws from other thinkers like Carl Jung Otto Rank Karl Marx Leibnitz Alfred Adler and William James and from artists and writers like Cezanne Shakespeare Picasso Keats Joyce and Rilke Artists are prophets and Die Wildrose revolutionaries but the commandment also expresses the timeless fear that every society harbors of its artists poets and saints For they are the ones who threaten the status uo which each society is devoted to protectingthe creative artist and poet and saint must fight the actual gods of our society the god of conformism as well as gods of apathy material success and exploitative power Creativity grows out of the Criminal Deception rage chaos and mystery of the unconscious personal and collective May chastises us for our own busyness which prevents us from complete living Of course when an individual is afraid of the irrational that is of the unconscious dimensions of experience he tries to keep busiest tries to keep most 'noise' going on about him The avoidance of the anxiety of solitude by constant agitated diversion is what Kierkegaard in a nice simile likened to the settlers in the early days of America who used to beat on pots and pans at night to make enough din to keep the wolves away Take off those ear buds and put down your damn smart phones Face your solitude with courage He then hurls a challenge at our mechanized world explaining why artists are so distrusted or feared Irrational unconscious phenomena are always a threat to this mechanization Poets may be delightful creatures in the meadow or the garret but they are menaces on the assembly line Mechanization The Renegade Cowboy Returns (Callahan Cowboys, reuires uniformity predictability and orderliness; and the very fact that unconscious phenomena are original and irrational is already an inevitable threat to bourgeois order and uniformityWe cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative person of all sorts are the possible destroyers of our nicely ordered systemsMay affirms the tortured artist stereotype and praises them over their conforming counterparts for they ability to live with anxiety and ambiguity Creative peopleare distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety even though a high price my be paid in terms of insecurity sensitivity and defenselessness for the gift of the 'divine madness' to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks I wish he would have kept out the final chapter of the book Passion for Form which felt flat and closed with his musings on the benefits of human limitations death place of birth height illness past decisions A Very Tudor Christmas resources This is where his tempered existentialism Christmastime Courtship really delivers I propose that it is the experience of this is the way things are meant to be If only for that moment we participate in the myth of creation Order comes out of disorder form out of chaos as it did in the creation of the universe This sense of joy comes from our participation no matter how slight in being as such The paradox is that at that moment we also experience vividly our own limitations We discover the amor fati that Nietzsche writes about the love of one's fate No wonder it gives a sense of ecstasy Western Civilization in the 21st century sorely needs hearts and minds to continue the tradition laid out by Rollo May


10 thoughts on “The Courage to Create

  1. says:

    Rollo May 1909 1994 was an American psychologist who alongside Carl Rogers and Viktor Frankl helped create and popularize humanistic and existential psychotherapyMay was also an artist and particularly focused on the psychology and phenomenology of creativity and the creative processMay describes the creative process as laboring at the edge of knowing and then pausing in mindfull receptivity to the insights and epiphany that emerge from the embodied unconscious I’m assuming that everyone has had the experience of working on something and felt stuck or uncertain only to be surprised by a sudden insight later on when doing the dishes or walking the dog or in the showerThis is exactly what May is talking about May sees this process of conscious working in an unknown or uncharted territory in collaboration with the unconscious as the important difference between creativity and other kinds working and learning May recognized that the artist or the creative in any capacity risks serious ridicule and failure at every junctureMay argued that creativity of every kind is ultimately about making the world a better placeMay named the fact that attempting to create something new for the sake of the betterment of mankind was a truly courageous act May saw creativity as than a type of cultural production and viewed courage as than simply risking danger and scorn May viewed the courage to create as a fully embodied and wide awake way of being in the world knowing ones self and being in relationship with others May argued for a new type of “physical courage” that entails abiding in the here and now with an ongoing undefended awareness of the emotional body for the sake of cultivating attuned sensitivity May states “it will be as Nietzsche remarked a learning to think with the body It will be a valuing of the body as the means of empathy with others in expression of self as a thing of beauty and as a rich source of pleasureI am myself a psychotherapist and I take great joy in May’s articulations of the creative heart of our work One of the things I really appreciate about May is his fearless commitment to psychology as a humanistic pursuit He’s an erudite scholar of art literature religion and philosophy His psychological writing has an inspirational soaring uality when it’s at its very best Unfortunately he was somewhat hostile to science and failed to fully integrate a systematic skeptical methodology and critiue into his thinking And when his writing is at it’s very worst it comes off as self indulgent pompous and nearsighted That being said I’m absolutely enad with the interstitial zone between the humanities and the hard sciencesAnd popularizations of psychology are at their very best when they are born from that place Large swaths of May’s work hit the bullseye and deserve to be rememberedOther aspects of May’s work hit like a rock on an old tin pot The discerning reader will be aware of this and proceed with the stance of the garage sale shopper looking for a treasure buried in the junk pile


  2. says:

    Good stuff Challenging May asserts that artists writers poets etc need to genuinely encounter or engage with the world which they are interpreting in their artI'm still mulling over his chapters on the Oracle of Delphi I THINK that what he was getting at is that artists make new discoveries and create new things with the help of myths and symbols already available to us in our cultures and in the collective unconsciousnessMay does a fantastic job of recommending that rather than analyzing dreams in a simply symbolic manor or perhaps as traditional psychoanalysis has in the past but instead by considering the visual spacial relationships of the principal characters in a given dream This process means visualizing the dream like a painting or perhaps blocking out the staging of the actors as if it were a stage play or a film Doing this reveals new insights into the dreamer's relationships to the persons or symbols in the dream This made sense to me as someone trained in studio and design Needless to say this also contributed to my understanding of the expressive possibilities in designRollo May's book helps us see that creative pursuits can help us to make sense of and cope with our lives and our world This is a great read for anyone interested in creativity art music dance drama poetry and writing etc or in psychologyRollo May was recommended to me by a friend who like May practices depth psychology and is most interested in existential psychology I've always tended to lean toward cognitive therapy or reality therapy assuming that they're somehow different than or opposed to the behaviorism that dominates elementary and secondary education in the US This book helped me recognize that really they're pretty much just derivatives of behaviorism which is a principally American strain of psychology This Western convention is very concrete material and empirical Not that there's anything wrong with that as they said on an episode of Seinfeld But May suggests that there is a third way balancing the mythology and almost mysticism of Eastern traditions with this very logical measurable ualities of the American way Once again I am reminded of the text I've been teaching from for years Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain in which Dr Betty Edwards posits that we all are capable of two complimentary ways of thinking perceiving experiencing and knowingHaving read this book I'm sure that three things will be impacted 1 My own painting poetry and photography 2 My perceptions interpretations and reactions to the creative arts I encounter from art to film to literature and 3 Hopefully and I'd like to think most importantly my teaching


  3. says:

    Rollo May is wise and inspiring The Courage to Create makes me long for a time when psychology was richer full of life and fed so much by the humanities and mythology as compared to the sterile narrow minded field we have today He retorts I do not use this term myth in the common present day deteriorated meaning of 'falsehood' This is an error that could be committed only by a society that has become so inebriated with adding up empirical facts that it seals off the deeper wisdom of human history I use myth as meaning rather a dramatic presentation of the moral wisdom of the human race The myth uses the totality of the senses rather than just the intellect May brings together art religion psychology and science in a powerful way All rise from the same bed of creativity This book shows the empowering side of existential thought showing that life is an act of creation We cannot be without creating We express our being by creating Creativity is a necessary seuel to beingWe are called upon to do something new to confront a no man's land to push into a forest where there are no well worn paths and from which no one has returned to guide us This is what the existentialists call the anxiety of nothingness To live into the future means to leap into the unknown and this reuires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people realize As Joseph Campbell often noted if you can clearly see the path ahead of you it certainly belongs to somebody else and is not your own He draws from other thinkers like Carl Jung Otto Rank Karl Marx Leibnitz Alfred Adler and William James and from artists and writers like Cezanne Shakespeare Picasso Keats Joyce and Rilke Artists are prophets and revolutionaries but the commandment also expresses the timeless fear that every society harbors of its artists poets and saints For they are the ones who threaten the status uo which each society is devoted to protectingthe creative artist and poet and saint must fight the actual gods of our society the god of conformism as well as gods of apathy material success and exploitative power Creativity grows out of the rage chaos and mystery of the unconscious personal and collective May chastises us for our own busyness which prevents us from complete living Of course when an individual is afraid of the irrational that is of the unconscious dimensions of experience he tries to keep busiest tries to keep most 'noise' going on about him The avoidance of the anxiety of solitude by constant agitated diversion is what Kierkegaard in a nice simile likened to the settlers in the early days of America who used to beat on pots and pans at night to make enough din to keep the wolves away Take off those ear buds and put down your damn smart phones Face your solitude with courage He then hurls a challenge at our mechanized world explaining why artists are so distrusted or feared Irrational unconscious phenomena are always a threat to this mechanization Poets may be delightful creatures in the meadow or the garret but they are menaces on the assembly line Mechanization reuires uniformity predictability and orderliness; and the very fact that unconscious phenomena are original and irrational is already an inevitable threat to bourgeois order and uniformityWe cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative person of all sorts are the possible destroyers of our nicely ordered systemsMay affirms the tortured artist stereotype and praises them over their conforming counterparts for they ability to live with anxiety and ambiguity Creative peopleare distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety even though a high price my be paid in terms of insecurity sensitivity and defenselessness for the gift of the 'divine madness' to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks I wish he would have kept out the final chapter of the book Passion for Form which felt flat and closed with his musings on the benefits of human limitations death place of birth height illness past decisions resources This is where his tempered existentialism really delivers I propose that it is the experience of this is the way things are meant to be If only for that moment we participate in the myth of creation Order comes out of disorder form out of chaos as it did in the creation of the universe This sense of joy comes from our participation no matter how slight in being as such The paradox is that at that moment we also experience vividly our own limitations We discover the amor fati that Nietzsche writes about the love of one's fate No wonder it gives a sense of ecstasy Western Civilization in the 21st century sorely needs hearts and minds to continue the tradition laid out by Rollo May


  4. says:

    This book started off so promising for me I found myself getting sucked in to May's descriptions of the types of courage that exist — be they physical social moral or creative His detailings of the creative process in Chapter Two I found eually fascinatingand yet half way through this slim novel I started to struggle with the themes and lose focus In fairness I was attempting to read this when I was dog tired at home with extended family in between the trials of visitations and a funeral service for my recently deceased grandmother So perhaps if I were to attempt the second half again with a refreshed brain I'd get out of it Then again perhaps not Because May takes his book into a territory that is too foreign for me TOO psychological TOO intellectual this disenchantment begins with a chapter titled The Delphic Oracle as Therapist see? SEE WHAT I MEAN?That being said there were a lot of great takeaways from this oneHere are a few worth sharing Courage is not the absence of despair; it is rather the capacity to move ahead in spite of despairOn social courage It is the courage to relate to other human beings the capacity to risk one's self in the hope of achieving meaningful intimacy It is the courage to invest one's self over a period of time in a relationship that will demand an increasing opennessIt is infinitely safer to know that the man at the top has his doubts as you and I have ours yet has the courage to move ahead in spite of these doubts A cool uote from German mathematician Gottfried Leibnitz I would walk 20 miles to listen to my worst enemy if I could learn somethingGenuine creativity is characterized by an intensity of awareness a heightened consciousnesswe become oblivious to things around us as well as to the passage of time We experience a lessening of appetite But what the artist or creative scientist feels is not anxiety or fear; it is joy Joy defined as the emotion that goes with heightened consciousness the mood that accompanies the experience of actualizing one's own potentialities frame this one in the context that this book was first published in the 1970s The danger always exists that our technology will serve as a buffer between us and nature a block between us and the deeper dimensions of our own experience Tools and techniues ought to be an extension of consciousness but they can just as easily be a protection from consciousness


  5. says:

    thought provoking uick read wonderful historic analysis of the process of creativity written by an academic philosopher and doctor of psychology covers psycho analytic theory Nietzsche Dionysus author argues that creative thought is essential for successful living but only if it is transcended into action ideas and concepts may be preceded or followed then by logic stating that this initially is the most anxiety ridden path to tread and so it reuires a commitment to the process along with a relaxed mind from the preface All my life I have been haunted by the fascinating uestions of creativity Why does an original idea from science and in art pop up from the unconscious at a given moment? What is the difference between talent and the creative act and between creativity and death? Why does a mime or a dance give us such delight? How did Homer confronting something as gross as the Trojan War fashion it into poetry which became a guide for the ethics of the whole Greek civilization?


  6. says:

    page 15 We need a new type of physical courage that will neither run rampant in violence nor reuire our assertion of ego centric power over other people I propose a new form of courage of the body the use of body not for the development of muscle men but for the cultivation of sensitivity It will be as Nietzsche remarkeda learning to think with the body It will be a valuing of the body as the means of empathy with others as expression of self as think of beauty and as a rich source of pleasure


  7. says:

    Not my favorite work by May Like Alan Watt's The Wisdom of Insecurity this book trails off into a rant about how awesome artists and art is but without any substance or meat to really link art and mental health No one needs to read both these books as they are too similar although this is the slightly better of the two Update having read a little Tillich and Carl Rogers' Dialogues I wish I had the patience and time to look this over again I now understand that May was at the center of an ideology war and sadly perhaps some of his writing in this book are casualties of the war


  8. says:

    A classic book that contains a lot of time less wisdom Rollo May's existential point of view towards creativity and art is very interesting Why should creative people be courageous and the analysis of the anxiety inherent in creation is the main theme of this bookThe book is written in a straightforward and easy to read fashion however the concepts are very deep and this is a book that I will have to return to a few timesThis was the first book I read by Rollo May will for sure plan to read his other books


  9. says:

    This book is incredibly dated 1975 talking waaaay too much about the Russians and having a very traditional psychoanalytic heteronormative outlook I found it sort of grating but there are a few very interesting theoretical pieces about the creative process You can skim over it in 2 days easy


  10. says:

    This is actually an excellent and small thus manageable book but it is heavy psychological reading very scholarly in tone While I need to ponder it further the basic themes are pushing against conformity and living authentically and intentionally Rollo May is an American existentialist philosopher who was very influential in the 1950s 1970s