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Clearing Up Rollo May’s Views of Transpersonal Psychology and Acknowledging May as an Early Supporter of Ecopsychology
This paper explores Rollo May’s 1992 reassessment of transpersonal psychology, in which he reverses
his 1986 and 1989 arguments against transpersonal psychology. Equally relevant, this paper shows
that May was actually interested in supporting what is now called ecopsychology. Schroll (following
Alan Drengson and Arne Naess) now refers to ecopsychology as transpersonal ecosophy. This paper
offers a thorough examination of several key concerns that May had regarding his reservations
toward accepting transpersonal psychology’s legitimacy, and includes May’s vigorous discussion with
Ken Wilber. Wilber’s discussion with Kirk Schneider’s 1987 and 1989 critique of transpersonal
psychology is also examined. Likewise Albert Ellis’ 1986 and 1989 rejection and misunderstanding
of transpersonal psychology is discussed.
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Schroll, M. A., Rowan, J., & Robinson, O. (2011). Schroll, M. A., Rowan, J., & Robinson, O. (2011). Clearing up Rollo May’s views of transpersonal psychology and acknowledging May as an early supporter of ecopsychology. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 30(1-2), 120–136.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 30 (1). https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2011.30.1-2.120