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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449901998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449901991
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his warm, inviting, and inclusive, style, bestselling author Leo Buscaglia manages to bring a vision of the world together within his warm embrace. Sharing the stories of his travels and his encounters with people all over the world, Buscaglia reminds us that we are all people who have the potential to share ourselves with ourselves as well as others. A lover of life and people, Buscaglia's insight into our hearts and souls, his reassurance as to our essential good natures, is a much-needed reminder of our connectedness to one and all.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Frieden1@juno.com on October 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I ever read on my own, cover to cover. It changed my entire philosophy about life. Of course, I was 18 and hadn't yet established a concrete philosophy to begin with, but I went on to read other Leo Buscaglia books and from there I built my foundation. I suggest this book for everyone but especially for those entering into adulthood with no clue where to begin.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Rephann on February 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
I rated this book three stars only because I wonder how effective it would be to someone who isn't already headed in the direction of living artfully. This book has a bit of the "preaching to the converted" about it, which doesn't detract from its value, but I believe any one who would pick up a book sub-titled "The Art of Being Fully Human" is probably already quite concerned with the topics touched on in this book (spirituality, the role of death, intimacy and connectedness, etc.), and is probably on the path of being "fully human."
Each chapter is like a meditation on the topic by Buscaglia. The chapters are short and have some wise and lovely details. The insights he makes feel familiar, and I wasn't as challenged as I'd expected to be. Nevertheless, this book helped me feel better about where I am in life, and reinforced my beliefs that I've come to have about what it is to "live artfully."
These days, a lot of "personal growth" literature is more acquisitive and seems to focus on personal growth as a means to an end rather than for the betterment of global society. "Personhood" thus feels like a relic in some ways, of the personal growth/spirituality movements of the 70s, where personal growth and global awareness were connected ideals. This idea is retained in "Personhood" and is perhaps the book's greatest asset.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. McAndrew on May 9, 2004
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Leo had the courage to look at the world how it could be instead of the way it is, one relationship at a time. I'm sure many people told him he was a "kook" because he always had his head in the clouds. He also showed us the way, a kinder and gentler way. He wasn't afraid to ask the questions, when many in conventional religion are sure they have all the answers.
Jeffrey McAndrew
author of "Our Brown-Eyed Boy"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Proud man on February 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read all of these books when I was a young man in my 20's(I am now 57), when I had a lot of questions about self-worth, my direction in life and my station in life. These books helped me to establish a courage to be ME despite what other's might think, to appreciate the qualities that I own, characteristics that I have, to appreciate my OWN UNIQUE EXISTENCE(there is only one ME!). Now with the existence of so much bullying of our kids(and adults) and suicides of young adults, everyone should read this. If you read one, you will read them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on January 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book's thesis is that each stage of life has its Fully Functioning characteristics which the author concisely describes. He also includes extremely short summaries of the 7 leading religions of our time. The descriptions IMHO leave quite a bit to be desired with much more said about Judaism and Christianity than about Buddhism for example (which I found a bit misleading having read a ton of Tibetan Buddhism works and taken college courses in comparative religion). If you are unfamiliar with Abraham Maslow's works (e.g. Toward A Psychology of Being-Reprint of 1962 Edition First Edition), Dr. Buscaglia's expositions on Personhood may be enlightening, otherwise they're a bit elementary--until one gets to the end of the book (almost 75% through it). Then it starts to get interesting--with some pithy statements such as:

p. 99: Embrace death as simply another aspect of the life cycle...death is the greatest of life's teachers. It is only the ignorant and those who are afraid to live who fear it.
p. 113: Fully functioning persons are aware of the pitfalls of communication and therefore do not take it casually. They listen to the words they speak and those spoken to them. [continues onto p. 114] They attempt to find the most exact and least threatening word for communicating themselves. They strive to put those words into the most succinct context so they can be assured of as little misunderstanding as possible. They often paraphrase what they think they have heard or encourage the listener to rephrase what they have said, so that they can have feedback as reinforcement of attention. [the playback is called active listening in Management]
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