The Art of Loving Paperback – Nov 21 2006
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"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 classic in its own time...The original self-help treatise that has inspired countless numbers of men and women throughout the world. Learn how love can release hidden potential and become life's most exhilarating experience. In this fresh and candid work, renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm guides you in developing your capacity for love in all its aspectsromantic love, love of parents for children, brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, and love of God. Read by a professional narrator, this powerful rendition of the book shows how you can alter the whole course of your life. The Art of Loving has been continuously in publication since 1956 and has sold over 6 million copies. It is considered the seminal work in developing the psychology of person growth. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Readers will be disappointed if they approach this book as a how-to book. Rather, Fromm's 1956 classic is more of an exploration into the theories of brotherly love, motherly love, erotic love, self-love, and the love of God (pp. 7-76), and an insightful examination into love's disintegration in contemporary Western culture (pp. 77-98). We are starved for love, yet all our attempts to attain love in Western society are bound to fail. However, like art, Fromm observes that real love is possibile with discipline, concentration, patience, and a supreme concern for mastering love (pp. 99-123). For anyone interested in what it means to love, Fromm's book is a must read.
Eric Fromm presents ideas that transcend religion, politics and economics and he frames love in untraditional terms. It's not something we "fall into" if we are lucky and find the right object (person). Rather love requires knowledge and effort, it's about our capacity to love, which is a faculty that we develop rather than inherently have.
Most of the book is about the theory of love—insights into, brotherly love, motherly love, exotic love, self-love, and the love of God. From both philosophical and psychological perspectives, Fromm explores, with gentle succinctness, the depth of the human condition.
The last chapter confronts the more difficult problem—the practice of the art of loving. Any artistic endeavor requires discipline, concentration, patience, and supreme concern for its mastery. In addition to these general practices, the art of love also requires faith and courage.
Fromm’s faith is “rational faith”, which is rooted in one’s own experience of feeling or thought. Not “irrational faith,” which is a faith in the acceptance of something as true only because an authority or the majority say so.
To have rational faith requires courage, the ability to take a risk and the readiness to accept pain and disappointment. “To be loved, and to love, need courage to judge certain values as of ultimate concern—and to take the jump and stake everything on these values.”
Perhaps at his most radical, Fromm states that the principle underlying capitalistic society and the principle of love are incompatible and that our present-day, production centered, commodity-greedy Western society cannot be expected to continue indefinitely. Indeed!
Fromm was way ahead of his time and the rest of us should try and catch up as quickly as possible.
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