asserting one’s own “will”

Otto Rank (1932), an early student of Freud, said it was important to assert one’s own “will.” He believed that most neuroses develop because people do not have the courage to be themselves; instead, they suppress their true selves in order to please others. Many others agree. Moustakas (1967) calls conformity a self-alienating process by which he means that we cut ourselves off from our own feelings putty , dreams, talents, and potential because we want to be liked.

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