The Meaning of Anxiety

The Meaning of Anxiety

by Rollo May

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.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Psychology
  • Rating: 4.21
  • Pages: 464
  • Publish Date: May 4th 2015 by W. W. Norton Company
  • Isbn10: 0393350878
  • Isbn13: 9780393350876

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It occurs to me that such 'innocence' is a defence against anxieties (the existential, the psychological, the biological), a cerebral pattern-making that can look not only elaborate, almost aesthetically superior, but also ethically positive and admirable, while all the time such pseudo-innocence allows for abnegation of responsibilities, refusal of personal growth and the defaulted individual contribution to continuing preventable evils in the world. I'd add that I see the deeper 'cultural anxiety' of our time as alarming in its potential for eliciting dreadfully destructive responses already being seen in such chilling political mantras in the USA as 'survival of the fittest', militarism, myth making, horribly distorted 'patriotism, demonisation and, in general, a collectivism into which an individual may sacrifice him or herself into abnegation of autonomous being, responsibility and, ultimately, ethical values such as love, compassion and generosity of spirit.

An interesting finding he proposes is anxiety as a middle class phenomenon due to the competitive, achievement oriented culture we live in. If we use anxiety in a positive way to experience being in awareness of nonbeing, then we move towards the realization of the self.

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Accomplishments May was influenced by American humanism, and interested in reconciling existential psychology with other philosophies, especially Freud's. Decision The person is in a transition stage in their life such that they need to be more independent from their parents and settle into the "ordinary stage". A child may certainly be innocent, ordinary or creative at times; an adult may be rebellious. May perceived the sexual mores of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as commercialization of sex and pornography, as having influenced society such that people believed that love and sex are no longer associated directly. According to May, emotion has become separated from reason, making it acceptable socially to seek sexual relationships and avoid the natural drive to relate to another person and create new life. May believed that sexual freedom can cause modern society to neglect more important psychological developments.