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In this revised edition of his classic work - the first modern book on anxiety following Freud and Kierkegaard - psychologist Rollo May brings order and lucidity to the subject of anxiety.

Rollo May challenges the idea that "mental health is living without anxiety", believing it is essential to being human. He explores how it can relieve boredom, sharpen sensibilities, and produce the tension necessary to preserve human existence. May sees a link extending from anxiety to intelligence, creativity, and originality, and guides the listener away from destructive ways to positive ways of dealing with anxiety. He convincingly proposes that anxiety can impel personal change, as it is only by confronting and coping with it that self-realization can occur.

©1950 The Ronald Press Company; 1977 by Rollo May (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Violeta Aleksandrova Zagorova
  • 03-22-21

This book has so much value and so many levels.

I would highly recommend this book! The author explains the meaning of anxiety from various prespectives and also gives a detailed description of their study.

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  • 02-06-21

A bit dated but excellent

it shows its age, but only in a few places, like use of diagnostic techniques no longer used. and in some places language. this aside, it is a brilliant exploration of anxiety. with many insights and explanations. well worth a read if you are interested in psychology, especially if you are interested in existential phenomenological, I thou based Therapy.

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  • 07-11-22

Took two attempts but was worth every paragraph

I am not a product of my anxiety, nor my anxiety a product of me.

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  • 02-04-22

Great book

It illustrates the meaning of anxiety by many authors and sciences. If you are looking to review different perspectives of the topics, it will be of a good help. The narration is ok. Just the case review is difficult to follow by an audiobook, and you have to take notes to understand or remember all the names to could relate each outcome or conclusion that is explained at the end.