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The Art of Loving [Kindle Edition]

Erich Fromm
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The international bestseller that launched a movement with its powerful insight: “Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”

The Art of Loving
is a rich and detailed guide to love—an achievement reached through maturity, practice, concentration, and courage. In the decades since the book’s release, its words and lessons continue to resonate. Erich Fromm, a celebrated psychoanalyst and social psychologist, clearly and sincerely encourages the development of our capacity for and understanding of love in all of its facets. He discusses the familiar yet misunderstood romantic love, the all-encompassing brotherly love, spiritual love, and many more. A challenge to traditional Western notions of love, The Art of Loving is a modern classic about taking care of ourselves through relationships with others.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.


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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

From the Back Cover

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.

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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Conquers All... Surrender to it.. E. FROMM February 12, 2002
Format:Paperback
"Love," says Fromm, "is the only satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence." Poets have written that, "Love conquers all," and to "surrender to it." Urging one to surrender implies resistence to Love, but why?
Fromm asks, is Love an art, or is Love a pleasant sensation or feeling which to experience is a metter of chance, i.e. something one, "falls into," if one is lucky. Fromm asserts that Love is an art, and says that to truly Love, in all its forms, one must possess: Maturity; Self-Knowledge; and Courage.
"Object," or "faculty,": Many people pursue objects or affection, or objects to love, and correspondingly treat them as possessions. Fromm asserts that Love is the faculty or ability to Love in its different forms: brotherly love; romantic love, etc. Since Love is an art to be practiced, Fromm asserts that it can only be practiced in freedom with one another. In other words, people cannot treat others as objects or possessions to be controlled for ones own egotistical or selfish purposes. Such behavior to result in certain destruction and never to attain true Love.
"Love," vs. "falling in Love/Infatuation,": People speak of falling in Love, with new people they meet. Falling in Love is not necessarly Love, but infatuation, e.g., strangers meet, they break down social walls between one another, they feel close/as one. This new experience, infatuation, Fromm describes as "one of the most exhilarating and most exciting experiences in life. However, Fromm argues astutely, that this initial infatuation feeling slowly and naturally loses its miraculous character more and more with time, as the two people get more acquainted and learn more and more about eachother - flaws, character defects, etc.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, then give a copy to the people you care about November 10, 2004
By Ben R.
Format:Paperback
I have reread this book more than any other that I own, partly because it's short, but mostly because Fromm is such a lucid and perceptive writer. I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough. I don't agree with all of it -- his take on homosexuality, for instance, which may or may not be attributable to the day in which it was written -- and many readers may not care for the way he frames behavioral patterns in psychoanalytic terms. That said, you can read right past those stylistic elements, because his prose is positively oozing with compassion. I don't think it's overly dramatic to say that it would take me longer to convey how excellent this little book is than it would take you to read it.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your attitudes. August 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In a world of fuzzy love epitomised by trashy love songs whichbrainwash young people into thinking such things as 'I can't livewithout you' and 'I love you more than life itself', this book offers an invaluable perspective on just what it is you might be feeling when you 'fall in love' with someone. Indeed, Fromm questions the whole concept of 'falling in love'. One will conclude that there is more 'falling' than there is 'love' in the whole process. He argues that we are better served by 'standing' in love. And how true. While practice makes perfect, and no book can compensate for that, Fromm's enlightenment is sure to raise an eyebrow of awareness among anyone who has ever loved or been loved. While we older, and perhaps wiser, folk may say 'yes, indeed' to Fromm's lucid and thought-provoking work, surely it's the teenage generation which needs this map of the one emotion which is perhaps most prominent in their minds. If you have ever experienced the pain of love, this book will change your attitudes towards the whole emotion, for ultimately you will conclude that where there is love,ie. the real honest variety, there is no pain and there can be no pain. Excellently written, like all Fromm's work, you will want to read it in one sitting.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading June 26, 2006
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Fromm does a great job of reviewing the various "types" of Love and providing the characteristics of each. His review clarifies what purpose each kind of love serves in our lives.

The book is an exceptional treatise on this most elusive topic. It's a very rational breakdown of what it is to love, what it means to each of us to love, and how it serves us (and the world) to love.

This isn't a Leo Buscalia book, but rather a very good compliment to one. This book is more an analysis of fundamental principles involved in love and loving. It's an in depth discussion, not a collection of stories. But it is very unique in a field of less thought provoking (but good feelings) books.

If you are a thinker, and still want to be a feeling person, the book can help you. For the mind, this is clarity. The book will help you get your mind out of the way so you can begin feeling - because it will teach your mind what your heart is trying to say.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars influential and inspirational February 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book expressed may feelings about true spirituality.Being 31,it was an eye opener to realize that in 1956,the year the book was published,our cuntry had essentialy the same socio-spiritual problems as 1999.Fromm writes about love being an action instead of a theory that requires discipline,concentration,and patience,traits that are challenging to pursue in our capitalistic culture.Furthermore,the book explains that our society is trapped by a need for instant gratification which creates long term suffering.Fromm believe's that love is the only valid remedy for our socitie's inner suffering and he expains how love is an art requiring effort and care.I very much agreed with Fromm,with his belief in mysticism transcending religions and putting love into actual practice.After reading this book,it confirmed my belief that whether we are Christian,jewish,MUslim or any "ism",there is one Creator and as the bible states"faith without works is dead".This book gave me hope that if we at least try to follow through on the principles of love,the world will be a better place because as the book expressed,we are all one human race in the Creator's eyes.I recomend this book to anyone wishing to gain knowledge into being a better person and understing our journey on Earth more.
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Published 6 days ago by tomeuaf
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift, looked to be what I wanted
Gave as a gift. I thought it would be good so gave 3 stars.
Published 19 days ago by MJW
5.0 out of 5 stars I truly enjoyed the Book
I truly enjoyed the Book. Each line contains lots of commun sensed.
I even sent the copy of the book to England.
Thanks a lot.
Published 20 days ago by elisabeth dakak
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent description of love
Differentiating all kinds of love and its meaning is essential to achieve true love. Supreme love is the realization of love based on loving yourself as you love your neighbors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jairo Puentes
5.0 out of 5 stars My older brother's best friend gave it to me
I first read this book when I was in high school. My older brother's best friend gave it to me. It is a wonderful foundation for our view of love in every kind of relationship.
Published 1 month ago by Ronald L. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this love book
The explanation of love as an art to be learnt just as we learn other arts like reading art, martial art and other arts got my eyes glued to the cream paper of my copy of this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Speaking Pen
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good read.
Published 1 month ago by GX107785
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It's surprising to me that love can be such a deep and broad topic. This book taught me a lot about not only love, but also how to develop yourself personally in a good way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark twain
2.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for more...
While I got a few great one-liners and quotes out of it, honestly overall I felt the book was lacking.
Published 1 month ago by Justin M. Torossian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent study of the natures of love.
Published 2 months ago by Mtsscholar
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