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"A brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure." (New York Times Book Review)
"Ranks among the truly important books of the year. Professor Becker writes with power and brilliant insight." (Publishers Weekly)
"Great book, but the reader sounds disturbingly cheerful and totally disconnected from the material, like he's reading a manual."
Great book, but the reader sounds disturbingly cheerful and totally disconnected from the material, like he's reading a manual.
An incredible framework for understanding the mechanisms by which man on his earthly journey produces evil as a by product of his best intentions.
Expect no miracle cure or new age religion to turn back the clock on the psyche after finishing this book. This book is haunting.
There are moments of real insight in this book. I can see why it is considered a classic of existential psychology. Unfortunately these moments of insight are often intermingled with really dated and unsubstantiated psychoanalytic psycho-babble which can be annoying at times.
Becker's woefully dated and frankly embarrassing assessments of major psychiatric illness such as major depression and schizophrenia are pretty annoying, particularly the psychoanalytic explanations of these diseases representing a pathetic failure of the sufferer to properly deal with their fear of life and fear of death resulting in them burdening themselves on others, is particularly reprehensible.
Sometimes I had to remind myself that Becker was writing in 1973, although much of the time it felt like this book had been written in the early 1900s.
I would listen to this book again. It is wonderfully written, much to ponder. The only problem is the reader goes to fast. The subject matter is complex. The reader goes so fast one does not have time to ponder what just slapped him/her across the face! It is delightful. A must read.
My brain hurts real good.
I've read some of Alice Miller, Jung, Ayn Rand, and Aristotle, Buddhist texts, and popular anarchist literature and this is an amazing psychoanalytic work. It helps me to understand a lot more about my place in society and the universe, tying together the knowledge I gained from previously mentioned authors and expanding my view further, or maybe rather more narrowly. Love it. Absolutely recommend it if you have a pretty good grasp of the practicalities of objectivism.
I need to listen to it many more times to pick up the pieces I missed. At first I was avert to the constant references to other philosophers works but I now understand it as a more academic approach rather then a self help book. This guy was incredibly intelligent but I don't agree with everything he says. There are too many references to Freud that are not really needed. I would be up for an abridged version or lay mans.
This book was mind blowing. Thank you for providing such an essential book. Thank you for the proper reading technique even more.
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