John Rowan: 31st March 1925 – 26th May 2018

Rest In Peace, most wonderful man

John died peacefully, at home, after a series of minor illnesses. The official cause of death was “Old Age”. I believe his body just couldn’t keep up with his active mind any longer.

John’s last published work will be a chapter in “Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory and Psychotherapy: Bridging Psychotherapeutic and Cultural Traditions”, edited by Agnieszka Konopka, Hubert Hermans, Miguel M. Gonçalves, published by Routledge.

Obituaries for John can be found at:
Journal of the Society of Existential Analysis 29.2
Therapy Today (September 2018)
The Psychologist (Autumn 2018)

The I’s
There is the I that gets impatient, tetchy
There is the I that gets tired, worn out
There is the I that knows itself to be true and real
There is the I that soars above
There is the I that sees images everywhere – we call it the soul
There is the I that is infinite, that goes on forever, and has no limits
There is the I that is not an I, that never was an I, that never will be an I, but is still inescapable
There is the I that will never understand all this, but will just give up, and give up, and
endlessly, beautifully, effortlessly
give up

John Rowan
(Written somewhere in the Caribbean, January 2016)

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