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Aufgewachsen ist Erich Fromm (1900-1980) als Einzelkind in einer orthodox-jüdischen Familie. Er selbst bezeichnete sich gern als vormodernen Menschen, da er zunächst nur den Talmud und die Bibel studierte, darüber hinaus zehrte er von den Geschichten, die ihm über seine Vorfahren erzählt wurden. Ursprünglich wollte Erich Fromm Rabbiner werden, 1922 promovierte er jedoch zum Doktor der Philosophie. Nach seiner Begegnung mit der Psychoanalyse wandte er sich schließlich ganz vom orthodoxen Judentum ab. Er beschäftigte sich mit Karl Marx und arbeitete in Frankfurt mit Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno und Herbert Marcuse zusammen. 1934 emigrierte er in die USA. Zu seinen bekanntesten Werken gehören "Die Kunst des Liebens" und "Haben oder Sein".
"Erich Fromm is both a psychologist of penetration and a writer of ability. His book is one of dignity and candor, of practicality and precision."--"Chicago Tribune"Every line is packed with common sense, compassion, and realism."--"Fortune
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A psychoanalyst offers guidance in expressing love and experiencing the emotional satisfaction of complete human relationships.
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A book everyone should look into at one point of their life or another. Definitely a mature and practical, as well as theoretical and historical, view on love. It is not a how-to book. It is dedicated to love as a life maturing process. There are some books I just read, and then there are some books I read and grow from. This is definitely one of those books.
I have read this book several times and everytime I have found something new in it. If you feel, that you want to express your feelings although just for yourselves and you think, that images, thoughts, phrases from the world you know and in which you are growing up are not exactly what you want to use as a description of the love, try this book. Maybe you will find there appropriate words, or in a more lucky case: a hint how to define it in your own words.
In a world of fuzzy love epitomised by trashy love songs whichbrainwash young people into thinking such things as 'I can't livewithout you' and 'I love you more than life itself', this book offers an invaluable perspective on just what it is you might be feeling when you 'fall in love' with someone. Indeed, Fromm questions the whole concept of 'falling in love'. One will conclude that there is more 'falling' than there is 'love' in the whole process. He argues that we are better served by 'standing' in love. And how true. While practice makes perfect, and no book can compensate for that, Fromm's enlightenment is sure to raise an eyebrow of awareness among anyone who has ever loved or been loved. While we older, and perhaps wiser, folk may say 'yes, indeed' to Fromm's lucid and thought-provoking work, surely it's the teenage generation which needs this map of the one emotion which is perhaps most prominent in their minds. If you have ever experienced the pain of love, this book will change your attitudes towards the whole emotion, for ultimately you will conclude that where there is love,ie. the real honest variety, there is no pain and there can be no pain. Excellently written, like all Fromm's work, you will want to read it in one sitting.
As a young girl I read this book because I was searching for answers to life's oldest questions concerning true love. Now 35 years later, while searching for a book to give to my niece who is searching for the same answers to the same questions, I rediscover this incredible book. However, most amazing is the fact I now realize it probably shaped my ideas about life and love and without a doubt is responsible for the choices I made along life's journey in my marriage. I highly recommend this book be read by all young people in this generation and those to come. Thank you Eric Fromm....may God bles.
This book expressed may feelings about true spirituality.Being 31,it was an eye opener to realize that in 1956,the year the book was published,our cuntry had essentialy the same socio-spiritual problems as 1999.Fromm writes about love being an action instead of a theory that requires discipline,concentration,and patience,traits that are challenging to pursue in our capitalistic culture.Furthermore,the book explains that our society is trapped by a need for instant gratification which creates long term suffering.Fromm believe's that love is the only valid remedy for our socitie's inner suffering and he expains how love is an art requiring effort and care.I very much agreed with Fromm,with his belief in mysticism transcending religions and putting love into actual practice.After reading this book,it confirmed my belief that whether we are Christian,jewish,MUslim or any "ism",there is one Creator and as the bible states"faith without works is dead".This book gave me hope that if we at least try to follow through on the principles of love,the world will be a better place because as the book expressed,we are all one human race in the Creator's eyes.I recomend this book to anyone wishing to gain knowledge into being a better person and understing our journey on Earth more.
I have read and re-read this book several times over the years since it was first published. In reading the reviews posted here and in consideration of the recent popularity of books such as "The Complete Kama Sutra", I felt it important to make obvious the difference between the two lines of thought. While both have valuable places in our society, "The Art Of Loving" is a book of our emotional and intellectual needs for and abilities to Love, rather than physical techniques. At this point in human evolution, "The Art of Loving" could easily be considered a basic text book for 'humanities 101'! I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in better understanding themselves or those around them!!
In an age of quick fix self-help formulas on how to love, _The Art of Loving_ stands out as a masterpiece of understanding and insight on the most important topic in human existence. Seeing love as a choice and not a feeling is an essential, but almost universally missed, step in the maturation of an individual and Fromm's analysis on this topic and other aspects of loving is both succinct and profound. This short book is one of the few works that can change your life permanently for the better - the catch being, do you really want to *work* for it?