Power And Innocence

Paperback | March 1, 1998

byRollo May

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Stressing the positive, creative aspects of power and innocence, Rollo May offers a way of thinking about the problems of contemporary society.

Rollo May defines power as the ability to cause or prevent change; innocence, on the other hand, is the conscious divesting of one's power to make it seem a virtue -- a form of powerlessness that Dr. May sees as particularly American in nature. From these basic concepts he suggests a new ethic that sees power as the basis for both human goodness and evil.

Dr. May discusses five levels of power's potential in each of us: the infant's power to be; self-affirmation, the ability to survive with self-esteem; self-assertion, which develops when self-affirmation is blocked; aggression, a reaction to thwarted assertion; and, finally, violence, when reason and persuasion are ineffective.

"Sheds new light on the timely topic of violence". -- Library Journal

"(May's book) is an attack on the psychological rejection of power in the intellectual tradition of the Christian West .... With great skill (he) weaves together his political reflections and clinical experience.... (A) wise, humane, and admirable book". -- William Hamilton, Christian Century

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Stressing the positive, creative aspects of power and innocence, Rollo May offers a way of thinking about the problems of contemporary society. He discusses five levels of power's potential in each individual, what each is, how it works, and more.

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Stressing the positive, creative aspects of power and innocence, Rollo May offers a way of thinking about the problems of contemporary society.Rollo May defines power as the ability to cause or prevent change; innocence, on the other hand, is the conscious divesting of one's power to make it seem a virtue -- a form of powerlessness tha...

"The development of an existential psychology in America is in good part the work of Rollo May. He helped bring existentialism to psychology some fifteen years ago, and since then his impact has increased each year. As he says here, he isn't an existentialist in a cultist sense. In American psychology, the existential approach is part ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.3 × 5.55 × 0.7 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:W W Norton

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ISBN - 10:039331703X

ISBN - 13:9780393317039

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Stressing the positive, creative aspects of power and innocence, Rollo May offers a way of thinking about the problems of contemporary society. He discusses five levels of power's potential in each individual, what each is, how it works, and more.