The Art of Loving

The Art of Loving

by Erich Fromm


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The renowned psychoanalyst and social philosopher Erich Fromm has helped millions of men and women achieve rich, productive lives by developing their hidden capacities for love. In this astonishingly frank and candid book, he explores the ways in which this extraordinary emotion can alter the whole course of your life.

Most of us are unable to develop our capacities for love on the only level that really counts—a love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. Learning to love, like other arts, demands practice and concentration. Even more than any other art it demands genuine insight and understanding.

In this classic work, Fromm explores love in all its aspects—not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also love of parents, children, brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, and the love of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061129735
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 37,364
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) emigrated from Germany in 1934 to the United States, where he held a private psychotherapeutic practice and taught at Columbia, Yale, and New York University. His many books include The Art of Loving, Escape from Freedom, Man for Himself, and The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Is Love an Art?
The Theory of Love
Love, the Answer to the Problem of Human Existence
Love Between Parent and Child
The Objects of Love
Brotherly Love
Motherly Love
Erotic Love
Love of God
Love and its Disintegration in Contemporary Western Society
The Practice of Love

Customer Reviews

The Art of Loving 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most meaningful, insightful books I have ever read, having first read it in a college psychology class.. I frequently give it as a present.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I unfortunantely havent finished this book yet. But wow, such an incredibly thoughtful book. Im an agnostic, so the religious excerpts didnt do much for me. But those aside, this book has made me rethink the way i feel about myself and others. True compassion and happiness comes from within and Fromm lays down a framework to succeed and bear fruit from these areas of you life. I feel like a better person just from reading his words. Probably the top book i have read thus far. A must buy.
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yarnspinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every Fromm title is a masterpiece. This small book is an insight into the psychology of interpersonal relations, that, is relevant to all of us. To look at love as an art, to understand the dynamic of relations, Fromm takes us through amazing insight about marriage, self-love, love for your children and what hard work it is.
FlyingBarney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A timeless classic about the nature of love as an attitude and a way of being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It fun
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I am only a college freshmen, but this may be the best book I have ever read. I suggest reading this to anybody
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I was up to the challenge of this book so I read his book on the cold war first. He is truly an exceptional mind with brilliant truths we all need to learn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my Humanistic Psychology class, and kept putting off reading it until three days before we were due to discuss it. So reluctantly I picked it up and couldn't put it down, and even re-read it! This book gives insight into so many different aspects of life. Even if your not sure you will enjoy this book, everyone can learn SOMETHING from Erich Fromm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Profound is a word that applies to every paragraph of this book. Though it was written 50 years ago, its applicability to today's society and to modern readers seems greater than it did when i read it for the first time over 20 years ago. It changed my relatedness to others and has had a correspondingly positive impact on my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read it in college. Painful. Needless obscure vocabulary. Boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is packed with amazing information about love not just in relationships, but in life everywhere. Fromm packs as much information into these 100 or so pages as possible.