I dealt with disruptions in my personal life in part by reading more widely. I read psychologists such as Philip Slater (The Pursuit of Loneliness) and Erich Fromm. I was inspired by Allan Watts, Carlos Castaneda, and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values.
Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider, became an obsession for a while. I read his straight philosophical works on “phenomenological existentialism”, as well as his scifi and mystery novels.
Carl Rogers’s On Becoming a Person was important to me at this time, both personally and pedagogically. Later I read other psychotherapy such as Dorothy Baruch’s One Little Boy, Deborah Luepnitz’s Schopenhauer’s Porcupines: Intimacy and Its Dilemmas, and David Brendel’s Healing Psychiatry, which drew from pragmatist philosophy. It’s likely that I was influenced by earlier conversations with Gentry Harris.