Author: Rollo May
Brief Info: American existential psychologist
Years Lived: 1909-1994
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Between Stimulus and Response
Freedom is the individual’s capacity to know that he is the determined one, to pause between stimulus and response and thus to throw his weight, however slight it may be, on the side of one particular response among several possible ones.
Indeed I would define mental health as the capacity to be aware of the gap between stimulus and response, together with the capacity to use this gap constructively.
From the article Freedom and Responsibility Re-Examined