Erich Seligmann Fromm (March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was a German Jew who fled the Nazi regime and settled in the US. He was one of the founders of The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City and was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.
For all the movies and songs about love, most of us fail to love well. Social philosopher and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (1900-1980) argues that, since love is a basic human need and we cannot remove the longing for it even if we wished to, we would do well to discover the damaging assumptions beneath our failures to love, learn what love really involves, and begin to practice the art of loving. Love is an evergreen subject, and though originally published in 1956, Fromm’s essay retains its incisiveness.
Escape from Freedom by New York Times-bestselling author and renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm untangles the unconscious forces that move humanity’s quest for freedom, as well as our rejection of it. Published in the midst of the Second World War, the book explains why we toggle between maintaining democracy and reverting to totalitarianism. Briefly put, Fromm’s work is founded on a common-sense premise: the notion that often what people believe their motives to be differs from the motives that actually drive their behavior. By looking closely into the hidden psychological motives of people like Luther, Calvin, Hitler, and their contemporaries, he reveals the architecture of freedom during the last half of the second millennium.
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