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The Art of Being: 1 (Library Edition) [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Erich Fromm , Raymond Todd
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April 2006 Library Edition
Fromm examines the true paths as opposed to false directions that will lead us to self-knowledge and enlightenment and offers another way to self-awareness and well-being, one based on psychoanalysis and self-awareness through meditation.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786180544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786180547
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,085,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Erich Fromm (1900-1980) studied sociology and psychoanalysis. In 1933, he emigrated as a member of the Frankfurt School of social thinkers to the United States, moved to Mexico in 1950, and spent his twilight years between 1974 and 1980 in Switzerland. His books Fear of Freedom (1941) and The Art of Loving (1956) made him famous. Other well-known books are Marx's Concept of Man, Beyond the Chains of Illusion, and The Essential Fromm. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am your Stepping Stone 29 Nov 2011
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Easy crisp authoritative read, Fromm had the gift to take the most complex of ideas and provide a path of transcendence through making them easily and readable.

He returns back to his familiar themes, taken from Marx's ideas of the alienated man, and asks how does someone become authentic? In this scenario it is a person who feels the vibrancy of being alive, as opposed to being a social actor, someone who impersonates a living person, the body that acts as a machine. Fromm was deeply concerned about the richness of individual living, instead of being immersedn within someone elses dreams. This is another of his great works, that disentangles sociology and psychology to produce social psychology, a discipline currently strangled in syntax of marketing, the anithesis of the Fromm conception.

Trivial Talk and Great Shams are the shallow pools people inhabit to make weak social connections, herd like movements ensnare people, thereby providibng a meaning for their desperate lives as they coalesce to create a purpose.Fromm used psychology to demarcate the incarnate anarchist, not the destroyer with the fizzing bomb, but the man who can know and think for himself, rather than a follower of some bankrupt web spun creed.

This is a book aimed as much at the flag waving red as it is the double plus corpulence of the capitalist truffle muncher. It asks for a social world similar to Stirner's society of egoists, those who know themselves and can connect through another channel to like minded others. "Mindfulness" gets an outing in the book. If you want to know what this concept means in its basic sense, then you can read about it here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noble indeed 29 Mar 2009
Even better in context but works fine on it's own. An absolutely invigorating read - Fromm's voice speaks from the page loud and clear. Resonates with me on a deeply fundamental level and delightfully easy to translate into daily living - indeed, it is a joy to lift his thoughts from the page and see them through the prism of one's own situation.

A wonderful and necessary reminder of how alive and humane psychodynamics can be, when coupled with dedication to self actualisation. The chapter on the commercialised nature of society and commodification of individuals is unmissable.

From Freud to Zen, realistic but tentative suggestions on how to facilitate individuation in an increasingly shallow and dehumanising society - what's not to like?
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Nice to read something from a Germanic 'deep thinker' again. The book is most certainly not following the Anglo-Saxon 'one minute manager' approach. Change takes time, it's difficult, painful and produces anxiety. Fair points all. Just the tone of the whole thing is a balm of sorts.

The book book is composed from chapters previously removed from another of his works and now suitably reworked. The fundamental distinction made is between having and being and consequences of both approaches, as well as the inability to successfully integrate them both is discussed. The author also explores in depth the desire for and ultimate failure of all 'quick-fix' methodologies, as well as the basis for their popularity.

While he might be a bit of an armchair scientist in the Freudian mould, I'd still rather listen to someone like him, than a jumped up 'I read the seven habits of successful people' pretend motivator. Only wish I'd stumbled across him earlier. Fromm, that is :)
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