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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 May 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPWQ9S
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Here he returns back to his familiar themes, taken from Marx's ideas of the alienated man; he 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. An actor is 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 immersed within someone else's dream. This is another of his great works, that disentangles sociology and psychology to produce social psychology. Unfortunately this discipline is currently strangled by the syn-tax of marketing, the antithesis of the Fromm conception. Social Psychology wants to sell you something.
Trivial talk and the great scams are the shallow pools people inhabit to make weak social connections, scuttling within herd like movements to ensnare other people; thereby providing a meaning to their desperate lives. Here they coalesce as a group to create a common purpose.
Fromm used psychology to demarcate the incarnate anarchist, not the destroyer with the fizzing bomb, but the wo-man who can know and think for him-herself, 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.Read more ›
In specific contexts/circumstances a particular pattern of behaviour and thinking proves adaptive while in others it is maladaptive and I have always thought Fromm's unique contribution to social theory has been to question the extent to which what is presently considered adaptive corresponds not to human needs but the demands of the economy, convention and cultural setting. This perspective I feel Fromm best extolled in Man for Himself: An Enquiry into the Psychology of Ethics (Routledge Classics) and The Sane Society (Routledge Classics) and then later in To Have or to be?.
While these insights are vital and informative, Fromm's focus in these published works, his prescriptions for developing as a human being, achieving liberation from the fear of freedom and the fear of life itself, have neglected to provide any motivated individual with a clue as to what they can do to live their insight in their own personal sphere of life. This isnt uncharacteristic of a writer with a profound insight they believe provides an impetus for social change.Read more ›
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 :)
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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We all have a lot to learn from the late Erich Fromm - a great book, timeless and full of wisdom and concern for human kind.Published on 1 Mar. 2015 by Jorge L Borges
The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literaturePublished on 27 Oct. 2012 by pat neale