Rollo May (1909-1994) was the best-known American existential psychologist, authoring the influential book Love and Will in 1969. Although he is often associated with humanistic psychology , he differs from other humanistic psychologists such as Maslow or Rogers in showing a sharper awareness of the tragic dimensions of human existence. May was a close friend of the U.S. German-born theologian Paul Tillich. His works include Love and Will and The Courage to Create, the latter title honoring Tillich's The Courage to Be.
May experienced a difficult childhood, with his parents divorcing and his sister suffering a mental breakdown. His educational odyssey took him to Michigan State College and Oberlin College for a bachelor's degree, teaching for a time in Greece, to Union Theological Seminary for a BD in 1938, and finally to Columbia University for a PhD in clinical psychology in 1949.
He spent the closing years of his life in Tiburon on the San Francisco Bay, where he died in October of 1994.
The Courage to Create
by Rolo May.