Rollo May & Creative use of anxiety


I recently came across an interview with Rollo May on
I was struck by what seemed to me his fresh approach and interest in creativity. Namely the seemingly opposite view to Eastern philoshophy that creativity comes out of chaos (such as anxiety) as opposed to from a still and calm mind! As someone who is a great admirer of Eastern mystasism and influenced by Toaism, Buddism, Zen etc, I find it very intetesting to have a Western view specifically on creativity but also existence. Rollo May called himself a existential psychiatrist. His idea is that anxiety is a motivator for creative activity. Since humans are the only species aware of their mortality, May argues that it is natural day to day to feel unease.

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