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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)
psychoanalysis basic history and overview spending a great deal of time on their collective obsessions with body parts. good listen, great reader.
It all might be true, though I expected a more optimistic aproach towards life. Instead of getting some relief I ended up more depressed. Life is sh*t, we are all sh*t according to this book.
"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.
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