A guide to well-being from the renowned social psychologist and New York Times–bestselling author of The Art of Loving and Escape from Freedom. Though . Read The Art of Being by Erich Fromm for free with a 30 day free trial. Fromm withdrew the chapters on Steps toward Being from the typescript shortly before. Fromm did not want disciples; he did not want to found a school. A spirit like his expends itself fully to avoid being co-opted. He observed of himself, with.

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Get this from a library! The art of being. [Erich Fromm; Rainer Funk] -- Renowned social psychologist Erich Fromm outlines a guide to well-being in the modern. The Art of Being - site edition by Erich Fromm. Download it once and read it on your site device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. Independent Lodge of Theosophists - www. Page 2. Independent Lodge of Theosophists www.

Adding to the vocabulary of gardening as a metaphor for understanding happiness and making sense of mastery , Fromm illustrates his point: This is indeed well understood by any gardener. The aim of the life of a rosebush is to be all that is inherent as potentiality in the rosebush: that its leaves are well developed and that its flower is the most perfect rose that can grow out of this seed.

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The gardener knows, then, in order to reach this aim he must follow certain norms that have been empirically found. The rosebush needs a specific kind of soil, of moisture, of temperature, of sun and shade.

It is up to the gardener to provide these things if he wants to have beautiful roses. But even without his help the rosebush tries to provide itself with the optimum of needs. Why would not the same hold true for the human species? Therein lies the reason that all great teachers of man have arrived at essentially the same norms for living, the essence of these norms being that the overcoming of greed, illusions, and hate, and the attainment of love and compassion, are the conditions for attaining optimal being.

Illustration by Emily Hughes from The Little Gardener But one of the essential ingredients of well-being, Fromm notes, has been gruesomely warped by capitalist industrial society — the idea of freedom and its attainment by the individual: Liberation has been exclusively applied to liberation from outside forces; by the middle class from feudalism, by the working class from capitalism, by the peoples in Africa and Asia from imperialism.

Such external liberation, Fromm argues, is essentially political liberation — an inherently limiting pseudo-liberation, which can obscure the emergence of various forms of imprisonment and entrapment within the political system. He writes: This is the case in Western democracy, where political liberation hides the fact of dependency in many disguises… Man can be a slave even without being put in chains… The outer chains have simply been put inside of man. The desires and thoughts that the suggestion apparatus of society fills him with, chain him more thoroughly than outer chains.

This is so because man can at least be aware of outer chains but be unaware of inner chains, carrying them with the illusion that he is free. He can try to overthrow the outer chains, but how can he rid himself of chains of whose existence he is unaware?

Any attempt to overcome the possibly fatal crisis of the industrialized part of the world, and perhaps of the human race, must begin with the understanding of the nature of both outer and inner chains; it must be based on the liberation of man in the classic, humanist sense as well as in the modern, political and social sense… The only realistic aim is total liberation, a goal that may well be called radical or revolutionary humanism.

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But it is not real in a deeper sense, for our feeling or understanding. He is, in fact, aware only of what is outside, inasmuch as it affects him.

Hence, he has no love, no compassion, no rational, objective judgment. The narcissistic person has built an invisible wall around himself.

He is everything, the world is nothing. Or rather: He is the world.

Fromm writes: A person living in this mode is not necessarily very narcissistic. Indeed, Escape from Free- During the summer semester of , Fromm studied dom is viewed as one of the founding works of political at the University of Heidelberg, where he began study- psychology. Fromm received cape from Freedom. Taken together, these books out- his PhD in sociology from Heidelberg in In he joined the Frankfurt Institute for Social capitulated and complemented the theoretical principles Research and completed his psychoanalytical training.

He began studying Talmud Freudian school of psychoanalytical thought. Horney as a young man under Rabbi J. He was on the faculty of Bennington Talmudic scholar.

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However, Fromm turned away from College from to Meanwhile, he taught as ile from the Garden of Eden. However, depart- eliminate others or the world as a whole, all to escape ing from traditional religious orthodoxy on this, Fromm freedom.

The word biophilia was frequently used by Fromm as a Beyond a simple condemnation of authoritarian value sys- description of a productive psychological orientation and tems, Fromm used the story of Adam and Eve as an al- "state of being".

These can be had evolved into human beings, conscious of themselves, presented separately or together: biophilia, love for hu- their own mortality, and their powerlessness before the manity and nature, and independence and freedom.

According to Fromm, the awareness of a disunited human existence is a source of guilt and Relatedness Relationships with others, care, respect, shame, and the solution to this existential dichotomy is knowledge. Humans can destroy through malignant aggression, or killing for reasons other than survival, but they Fromm considered love to be an interpersonal creative ca- can also create and care about their creations.

Drawing from his knowledge of the Torah, Fromm substitute. Fromm also asserted that few people in modern society had respect for the autonomy of their fel- Frame of orientation Understanding the world and low human beings, much less the objective knowledge of our place in it. Excitation and Stimulation Actively striving for a Fromm believed that freedom was an aspect of human na- goal rather than simply responding.

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Fromm of character from that of Freud by focusing on two ways charged Freud and his followers with never acknowledg- an individual relates to the world. Freud analyzed char- ing the contradictions between the two theories.

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Fromm asserted iting. However, Fromm expressed a great re- cumstances of his or her life; he also believed that peo- spect for Freud and his accomplishments, in spite of these ple are never exclusively one type of orientation. These criticisms. Re- ceptive and exploitative orientations are basically how an individual may relate to other people and are socializa- tion attributes of character.

The current needs of cuses on the human urge to seek a source of authority and the market determine value.Therefore, much striving for happiness is delusional.

In The Art of Being, renowned humanist philosopher and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm draws from sources as varied as Sigmund Freud, Buddha, and Karl Marx to find a new, centered path to self-knowledge and well-being.

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