What is it about?
Rollo May always acknowledged that encountering Otto Rank in the mid-1930s altered the trajectory of his life. Until now, however, few scholars have undermined just how significant Rank was for Rollo. In this article, drawing on Robert Abzug's new biography of May, I tell the full story.
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Why is it important?
This article is the first ever that explains how Otto Rank influenced Rollo May, one of the most celebrated American psychotherapists and public intellectuals of the second half of the 20th century. May brought a darkly tragic Rankian awareness of the existential unconscious into the conformist, anti-intellectual consciousness of America.
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