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Fromm's perspective is profound and insightful; the book was quite enjoyable to read.
It validates the theory that malignant aggression or destructiveness is part of human character, one of the passions we possess like love, ambition, and greed.
I would share more parts of the book but you should really buy this or check it out at your local library.
I read this in the 1970's and was greatly impressed, because I was a child during WWII and often wondered about how and why some personalities were so inhumane. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Deborah W. Seigman
This is a great attempt to de-instinctivise human destrctiveness. While critics ma be able to poke holes into the theory, I liked that fact that the author has gone to great... Read morePublished 4 months ago by vishdes
The hierarchy of power is endlessly more destructive than protective. What do we call this---sadism, aloofness, superiority over the inferiors who do not deserve to live, profit... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James G. Donat
Made think a lot about human behaviour... My behaviour, to be precise. Could have an impact eventually on my thought processes..Published 8 months ago by pam rajan
I often find myself referencing this book in various conversations that I have about human behavior. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karen
it was an expensive book when i was in undergrad program overseas. and i got it very cheap here with very like new quality.Published 20 months ago by AR
Good book, but outdated, it was good for 60's -70's. Fromm, makes many attacks on other important people like Freud, etc. Not everything he writes all there as well.Published 22 months ago by Galileo
This is a very important book.I consider it essential because of the rise in power of neo-nazi far-right political parties in europe.Knowledge is power,not fear and hatred. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Tom
On one page, "tigher control of rioters" is necrophilic. 3 pages later, "excited [...] by riot" is necrophilic. Fromm's book is ok, but not great. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Steven White