©1973 Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"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)
If a technical discussion is up your alley it would be hard to beat the well organized concise yet complete layout of information he provides.
Really makes you think about the rsasons we do things. The notion of immortality projects as driving force felt like new thinking and was explained in a way that made sense.
Don't believe everything you think. Product & marketing person, cyclist, marathoner.
As a young man reading this book more than 43 years after its inception I enjoyed it's ability to take me into the minds and thought processes of the psychological greats. While the structure of the thinking is enlightening, the conclusions sometimes seem tainted by the environment of the 1950s-70s. While other reviews that lead me to read the book emphasized the concept of immortality projects, the thesis that resonated with me most is in the final sentence. He makes reference of it a few times throughout but if I had to paraphrase it would be this. The greatest one can aspire to is to reach out into the world, discover an unknown truth, objective and productize it for consumption and give it as a gift to the world.
ie. Create an immortality project 😄
far more a work of criticism than a treatise on the subject. interesting and thought provoking, but dense and focused a LOT on Freud. also, some discussion of sexuality is incredibly outdated.
ANGLE OF REPOSE
Reader was fairly good, but he read too fast.
Very disappointed as I had heard that it was a great book!
I would NOT recommend this book. Becker speaks or refers to Freud a great deal. Most Freudian ideas have almost uniformly been discredited. Note: I only listened to the first two chapters because I was so turned off by the ideas.
"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.
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