On Being Genuine, and Other Essays

On Being Genuine, and Other Essays

On Being Genuine, and Other Essays

On Being Genuine, and Other Essays

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The subjects dealt with in this book were studied and discussed with the students at the Menninger School of Psychiatry, where I worked as Sloan Professor. I want to express my gratitude here to Dr. H. G. van der Waals who introduced me and Dr. Karl Menninger, Dr. Will Menninger, and the Sloan Committee who made my coming possible. I am not exaggerating when I say that in Topeka I experienced one of the happiest periods of my life, bringing me great joy and intense fulfillment. In writing this I would like to mention contacts which made this fulfillment possible: Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Appelbaum, Dr. Philip Holzman, Dr. Jerome Katz, Dr. and Mrs. Otto Kernberg, Dr. Herbert Schlesinger, Dr. Ernst Ticho, Dr. Robert Wallerstein.

Dr. Herbert Klemmer and his staff freed me of many cares. The practical help of Mrs. Margaret Wingett, Mrs. Fran Ayers, and Miss Linda Bua I mention with pleasure.

This book would never have been written in English without Lois and Gardner Murphy. Gardner Murphy checked the text, which in actual fact means that he rewrote the text. Lois and Gardner convinced me that my expression of what I think important, the things I stand for and what I defend as being valuable, are important enough to be laid before others in the form of a book. Unforgettable was the seminar in which the first contacts were made, about James's The Varieties of Religious Experience. The late Aldous Huxley, then my colleague Sloan Professor, took part in it in his own unique way. To his memory a word of thanks must be dedicated at the end of this introduction. To himself—as we knew him "in his own sweet way to overcome suffering" as Lois Murphy said— applied what he wrote about the mystic quoting Jakob Boehme: "No necessity for him to go anywhere; he was already there."

P.K.

Amsterdam
1967 . . .

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