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The Art of Loving Paperback – June, 1989
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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.Read more ›
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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Ir explained yo me how love is to everybody and all things on this planetPublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read which changed my view and approach on the idea of lovePublished 24 days ago by Ray Guillen
It's certainly not a fluff piece. If you seriously want to learn about the subject matter; read the book.Published 1 month ago by Zaum B. Waters
Sure, Fromm is wise and insightful. However, he is also sexist, if not misogynist. I couldn't stomach his attitude to women, and when I came across it, I just threw the book across... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Spilka
When I was an exchange student in Rochester (Irondequoit, Kiniry Drive with the family Ambrose, my second family) I had the chance to read this book - it belonged to either the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hilde Ketels
Love is the core value of the Human beings, endowed by the Creator. "Love the God and your neighbors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leonheart
This book ought to be taught at the public school level. Loving yourself isn't just liking your physical appearance or accumulating possessions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tim Willwerth
Best "self help" book available in my psychiatric opinion, though examples may seem dated in reference to Soviet Union and books then popular in 1950's. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Don DeFrancisco