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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.

©2006 Erich Fromm (P)2020 Erich Fromm

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How this book got such good marks is beyond me.

Boring, drones on, quotes Christian scripture, which is fine, but never draws a decent conclusion to make the inclusion appropriate. I stopped when he mentioned homosexuality is like a bad heterosexual relationship.

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Finally! I've been asking for this book for YEARS

I have asked for this audio book from Audible several of times for near a decade now. Its a book I wish to re-read often, but don't get to due to my limited time to read eyeball to page.

One of my favorite Fromm books, The Art of Loving is one that has one gem of insight after another, so that you can end up highlighting the whole book. In plain English, I saw an explanations for why I instinctively knew that orientations such as domination and submission aren't really love as such, as one example. This book clearly elucidates why love can either form a strong foundation for the human's personality and actions in the world, or how they can become malformed and misdirect one's energies.

Very progressive and deeply insightful for a book written in the 1950's before some of these concepts such as that of having a male and female archetype and orientation in every person (I'm guessing) may have been generally accepted. There are two sentences about homo-sexuality that I believe are misdirected, but beyond that the insights of this book are brilliant.

Thank you Audible for getting this book into my library! Now I can re-read / listen to this book to my heart's content!

The reader is pretty decent. Perhaps better than decent. I am in that overly critical stage that happens when you get an audio book that you've been waiting a long time for.

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Decent insights, but hard to listen to

Not sure if it was the author or the narrator, but this book was hard to listen to. Make sure to listen to the sample before purchasing. I had maybe 2-3 insights, it’s probably worth the listen but you likely are familiar with most of the concepts if you found this book in the first place.

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Not for me

I didn’t get value from this book. It was dull, and not inspiring and It didn’t feel like it was really based on reality.

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Homophobic

I went into this book having never read Fromm. I had only heard of him recommended and referenced by others. I had to stop listening at the middle to end point of part II because of the blatant homophobic statements he made. His perspective on ultimately fulfilling love being the masculine and feminine completing one another and saying homosexual relationships will always fail at this made my stomach turn. I’m unable to listen deeply to his other thoughts, no matter how true some of them may be, because his homophobia will make me question the validity of his points.

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what is love?!?!?

a great book that addresses the ailments of the human condition while exploring its cure...not for shallow thinkers or slow learners...and even for the swift a manuscript due to be read a minimum of three times

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This is dry and the reader is not pleasant to listen to - find another title

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It's like the narrator read while sleeping

Impossible to listen! I had no idea what this book is about, since I couldn't even get passed the opening message.
I read the physical copy though, and it was also hard to read and to understand, but at least I got some insight.

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Just buy a physical copy. Speak to Talk mic.

Just buy a physical copy.
The content is great for the most part, but it is read over a speak to talk mic or some similar device, which makes it rather difficult to catch all of the context.

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Necessary reading

Upon reading this It strikes me just how little focus and development I’ve given to the art of loving..

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  • Salah Komi
  • 08-24-20

Wonderful book

Loved it, I struggled at the beginning to finish it in one day but I thank my God that who strength me to finish it today.

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  • Mila
  • 01-18-21

Excellent

I read this two decades ago and it was still refreshing and needed today! Some view are outdated as that of homosexually as a sickness, but his analysis of our consumerism and capitalism still holds!
The take aways from this book are that love is possible to achieve if we train ourselves, in spite of social pressure, in meditation, consentration, reason and objectivity.
We all "know" of this need but he puts it in a way that you feel obliged and motivated to discipline yourself.
Warm recommendation!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-20

I would not recommend this book in Earth!

Outdated, homophobic, sexist..no thanks! It's a shame but I'm afraid Eric's views are very much white middle class European male straight out of the 1950's...

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  • ian woodard
  • 04-28-22

an amazing insight into love.

but read so quickly it makes difficult listening. the ideas are complex and there is not time to absordlb them

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  • Cristina Milostivu
  • 04-27-22

The reader is annoying.

Even more annoying than a text-to-speech. I had a hard time listening until the end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-27-20

Tricky to follow on audiobook

Intricate text with a lot of mental thought paths explored. I felt it was very difficult to follow in audio format.

Intricate and complicated ideas and lots of them around philosophical ways of being.

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  • Ony
  • 06-25-20

Learning about Love

This book is great for people who start learning about relationships as I learned lot!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-20

Way over my head..

Recommended in a Huff Post article for marriage/relationship books. Found it very theoretical and not very practical.

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  • 05-10-22

a real gem!

great words of fromm. I just feel that the spokes-person rushes through it all, in my opinion he could do with a little bit more of a David Attenborough approach to this tender subject. ahhh and just breathe. philosophy is better not crammed. thanks ~

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