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A book by a neglected genius,
This review is from: The Fear of Freedom (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
Erich Fromm is certainly one of the great "unknowns", compared to the other giants of psychology and its related disciplines - Freud, Skinner, Chomsky. But Fromm develops an amazingly refreshing theory of the human psyche, and an extremely plausible one.
Fromm attempts to balance three aspects of the psyche: its biological, social and existential aspect. Many thinkers in psychology tend to concentrate on one area (mainly biological Darwinism in today's world), but Fromm faces all three issues head on, and in a clear and succinct fashion.
The book manages to include a thorough explanation of his theory, and its application in the problems of individuality, democracy, religion, authoritarianism, sadism, fascism, and the modern tendency of the "automaton". I read the book three times in a month - it is a work of brilliance.
His existence is an embarrassment to the sociological profession.