May, Rollo

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Name
May, Rollo Gender: M
born on 21 April 1909 at 02:20 (= 02:20 AM )
Place Ada, Ohio, 40n46, 83w49
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: CAH
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 00°35' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 16°23 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 26°32'



Biography

American psychoanalyst and lecturer who was a successful and popular pioneer of existential psychology. He authored a dozen books, including "Love and Will," "The Meaning of Anxiety" and "Power and Innocence."

May studied under the German theologian Paul Tillich who was his mentor and friend. May earned his Master of Divinity degree in New York in 1938 following his studies with Tillich. He was a Congregationalist minister for two years in New Jersey. Realizing his theological training did not adequately equip him to deal with his parishioner's problems, he left the ministry and sought a doctorate in clinical psychology. While in his 30s, he was hospitalized for 18 months with tuberculosis during which he studied theology, psychology and existential philosophy. He said the experience of facing death helped him to face life and this insight developed into "Love and Will."

A gifted therapist and writer, his works influenced many in the political and cultural movements of the civil rights Vietnam War era. May moved to Tiburon, California in 1975 and became an important influence among humanistic and existential psychologists. May, who coined the phrase "Age of Anxiety" in the 1950s, said in 1987 had become the "Age of Despair." He said, "One word frees us of all the pain in our lives. The word is love. My theme is that human life begins on the far side of despair." May was a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton and Yale and toward the end of his life, lectured on the progressions of psychology.

May was married and divorced twice. He had two daughters and a son. He died in Tiburon 10/22/94.

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Events

  • Social : End a program of study 1938 at 12:00 midnight in New York, NY (Divinity Masters Degree)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1975 (Moved to Tiburon, CA)

Source Notes

Contemporary American Horoscopes and Gauquelin Book of American Charts

Categories

  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Tuberculosis (18 month hospitalization)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters and one son)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Congregationalist minister)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Lecturer)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychologist (Psychoanalyst)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Dozen books)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book

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