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Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human Paperback – April 12, 1986
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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.
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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author of "Our Brown-Eyed Boy"
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All of Buscaglias' books are so spot on. All Generations should make this required reading. It let's people see how love is the basis of all human interactions and understandingPublished 17 months ago by Roo
I've always like anything written by Leo Buscaglia. Worth the read!Published 19 months ago by pasta
good condition and paper cover on the book was in great condition.Published 19 months ago by L. Decatur
The book arrived in good time and in excellent condition. It's a really great book!Published 22 months ago by Marie L. Donohue