Rollo May: Reminiscences and Interviews 


Teaching graduate students at the California School of Professional Psychology and Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center (initially named the Humanistic Psychology Institute) in the San Francisco Bay area, Rollo May was an inspiring figure. These articles provide cogent and evocative reminiscences by his former students as well as scholars interested in his work.

Abzug, Robert H. (1996). Rollo May as friend to man. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 36 (2), 17-22. 

Abzug, Robert H. (1999). The deconversion of Rollo May. Review of Existential  Psychology and Psychiatry, XXIV (Special Issue, Nos. 1-3), 59-69.

Abzug, R.H. (2021). Psyche and Soul in America: The Spiritual Odyssey of Rollo May. NY: Oxford University Press. 

Hannush, M.J. (1999). An interview with Rollo May. Review of Existential Psychology 

   and Psychiatry, XXIV, Nos. 1, 2 & 3, 129-141.  

Hoffman, Edward (2009). Rollo May on Maslow and Rogers: “No Theory of Evil.” Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 49 (4), 484-485.

Keddy, Philip. (2011). My experience with psychotherapy, existential analysis, and Jungian analysis: Rollo May and beyond.  Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 67 (1), 806-817. 

Mendelowitz, Ed. (2019). MIDDLE EUROPE: Journey and Midrash. In L. Hoffman, M. Yang & F. Kakaluskas (Eds.) In Existential Psychology East-West, revised and expanded. Edition. Colorado Springs, CO: University Professors Press.

Mendelowitz, Ed. (2009). Reminiscences. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 49 (4), 435-440. 

Rabinowitz, F.E., Good, G. & Cozad, L. (1989) Rollo May: A man of meaning and myth. Journal of Counseling and Development, 67 (8), 436-441. 

Serlin, Ilene. (2009). A tribute to Rollo May and the arts.  Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 

   49 (4),486-489. 

Serlin, Ilene. (1994). Remembering Rollo May: An Interview with Irvin Yalom. The Humanist Psychologist, 22 (3), 268-274.

Schneider, K. (1999). The Heart of Rollo May. Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, 24, 104-110.

Schneider, K. J., Galvin, J. & Serlin, I. (2009). Rollo May on existential psychotherapy. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 49 (4), 419-434. 

Rollo May Interview

Rollo May gave many interviews over his career, especially after becoming famous in American society with his bestselling book Love and Will. Some of the mass-media interviewers knew little of his work and others seemed interested mostly in mocking his outlook and humanistic psychology. May as an original thinker and insightful therapist came across much better when interviewed by those knowledgeable about his writings. See for example "UNDERSTANDING AND COPING WITH ANXIETY"