Welcome! My name is , and you've entered the Paul Rosenfels Community website, an oasis in cyberspace where people interested in contemporary secular humanism as expressed in the ideas of this late 20th-century philosopher can meet, read the works Paul and his students left us, and offer up their own ideas and observations.
Paul was a Chicago-based board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who broke with both these systems in the 1940's and developed his own ideas about human nature. In 1973, he and I founded The Ninth Street Center in New York City to teach his innovative insights to creative and independent men and women, many of whom have gone on to become teachers and leaders themselves. Slowly, more and more people around the world have learned about Paul and the Center's work. Although Paul died in the summer of 1985 at the age of 76, this larger community has been served by this website since 1997.
Paul's approach to character analysis owes something to Carl Jung's description of introverted and extroverted types, which in turn had
|When I noticed that Paul's works were exactly what I'd been looking for ever since I got my first library card in '79, I was a bit peeved. If I'd had access to these books when I was 7, I would have learned them by heart and never read anything else, except for pleasure.|
Paul was also the first American social scientist to defend homosexuality in print as a valid lifestyle. He drew upon his work with psychological polarity to demonstrate that a relationship between two men or two women could involve much more than the narcissistic hedonism stressed in psychiatric literature.
But such insights were becoming common knowledge by the time Paul started publishing in the 60's. His greatest contribution was in analyzing human nature in a deeper and broader way than most conventional psychologists were capable of. Some people have categorized Paul as a "moral philosopher", a "philosophical anthropologist", or simply as a thinker. Many of us believe that his detailed descriptions of truth and right, love and power, honesty and courage, insight and mastery, and similar features of the personality are both fundamental and comprehensive enough to constitute the foundation of that great unrealized dream of the Enlightenment, a true science of human nature.
We have published many new essays and super funky collages. Anybody who contributes an essay to our website will get an awesome collage to illustrate it — Rachel will sit on her ass and work for a few hours to produce a unique and beautiful work of art for you! We are looking for essays about psychology, what and how you learnt to be human, excerpts or draft of your Great American Novel or autobiography. Come on, you can do it! And it will look very sweet! Email your entries to .