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The Heart of Man Paperback – June 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060907959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060907952
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
More than 40 years later, this short but insightful volume remains one of the best in-depth discussions of the human psyche at its darkest. Erich Fromm brings all his decades of knowledge & experience to this descent into the roots of what he aptly calls "necrophilia," a literal love of death born from an overwhelming fear of life.

What's especially fascinating is that as he analyzes the psychology of the necrophiliac, we can immediately recognize so many of the people who run & ruin our world today, from the most personal level to the global. We've all met them, and all too often suffered because of them. Their obsessive fear & compulsive need to control that fear invariably affects the rest of us, precisely because we refuse to meekly submit to their murderous control.

But what exactly does Fromm mean by "necrophiliac," anyway?

To condense his rich book into a few lines is an impossible task, but here's the gist of it: the necrophiliac personality fears life because of its messiness, its randomness, its uncontrollability. And so he (it's so often "he," by the way) does his best to control it through brute force, fear, torture, and ultimately death.

And how do we recognize these necrophiliacs?

No matter what their political, religious, or ideological affiliations, they share the same basic traits & worldview. They worship strength, toughness, a lack of tender emotions; they glorify the mechanical & do their best to become machines themselves: they loathe yet are fascinated by decay, disease, filth. Hence they often have rigid ideas about sexuality (one of the most uncontrollable aspects of living things), and espouse strict, letter-of-the-law moral codes concerning it ...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laika Lou on January 25, 2013
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Arrived in original vintage paperback, with yellowed pages, some coming loose (added charm)...it was shipped securely...inside: a very well constructed dissection of behavior, one which timelessly continues to remain relevant today...feel free to take notes like a freshman being lectured by a visiting sage. Enjoy.
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