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Between 1974 and 1976, while working on the book To Have Or to Be? at his home in Locarno, Switzerland, the aged Erich Fromm wrote far more manuscript and chapters than were actually used in the book, which was published in 1976. Some of these chapters are contained in the present volume. They deal entirely with the "steps toward being" that the individual can take in orde...more
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Published 1994 by Naše vojsko (first published 1989)
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I approached this work with trepidation. My shuddering become more pronounced when Fromm started talking about mediation and self-awareness and Buddhism. “Oh dear,” I thought, “We’re in for one of those books.”

That it wasn’t ‘one of those books’ really surprised and delighted me. My mum is always at me to take up mediation. I’ve, on occasion, even gone to such places and then they talk to me about Chakras and my spiritual self and other rot and nonsense and a deep depression engulfs my soul. The...more
Sep 17, 2007 William rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every one
This book changed the way I view myself in relation to my culture and society. I would recommend it to any one who has ever felt torn between what they feel is right for them and what their society often suggests is right for them. It is a great and fascinating book!
Thaer Dieb
قرائتي الثانية الكاملة لإيريك فروم
واضح تماما رد فعل إيريك فروم على القيم الاستهلاكية المادية التي فرضها المجتمع الاستهلاكي المعاصر.
سمة اخرى لأيريك فروم هي التعقيد في أسلوبه والفلسفة المعمقة التي لم تصل بعد الى حد التبسيط
الكتاب عبارة عن فصول انتزعها الكاتب من كتابه التملك أو الكينونة قبل طباعته ولذلك ستجدون الكثير من النقاش حول هذه الفكرة
الفكرة العامة هي في توضيح كيف يكون وجودك معتمدا على كينونتك أكثر من اعتماده على ما تملك ويوضح الكاتب بداية بعض المعيقات في تعلم فن الوجود ثم ينتقل لنقاش بعض الم...more
یک راهنمای زیستن، با پرهیز از خشک اندیشی! فروم با اشاره های متعدد به فروید، تجزیه و تحلیل روان شناختی انسان، و سفارش استفاده از "ذن بودیسم" و تمرکز، خواننده را از فکر به "داشتن" منع می کند، و به تمرکز بر "بودن"، توصیه می کند. جدل فروم بر سر آن است که رشد خود شیفتگی و میل به تملک (داشتن) در جوامع صنعتی و مدرن، انسان معاصر را از "بودن" و لذت زندگی، به تدریج محروم کرده است. او به گونه ای غیر مستقیم معتقد است که میزان بالای دپرسیون در جوامع مدرن، ناشی از فراموشی لذت "بودن"، در مقابل لذت کاذب "داشتن"...more
I stumbled upon this book on accident. I had never heard of Erich Fromm before. At times I feel like fate is playing games with me when I find something that enlarges and enriches my perspectives on life. This was one of those books.

This is a treatise on the identity of man. He brings up Freudian and Marxian theories frequently in discussing the estrangement of modern man from themselves. The middle class feels the bulk of the estrangement as they try to pull off an incredibly difficult balance...more
Sarah Mostafa
ايريك فرود..

ذلك العالم الانسان حقا

ذلك العالم الذي _تقريبا في كل كتاباته_ يبدو وكأنه يتوق الى اعادة بث الحياة في انسان اختفى تحت ركامن الحداثة
انسان "سيبيري" مشوه مطلي..او مغلف بغلالة شفافة ولكن لها صلابة الفولاذ ..من التحمل والتصنع

هذه الغلالة جوهرها المادية و الرغبة المحمومة في التملك
هذه الغلالة التي تفصل الانسان عن ان يعرف جوهره ..ربما لا يعرفه على مدار حياته كلها ..

الانسان مستوى ومستوى ومستويات

لابد ان يستكشفها ويتعرف على تفرديته الحقة

ولكي يبدا في رحلته الى ذاته فيستطيع التعرف عليها وبالتالي...more
"في حالة تملك الوجود فإن شعار المرء هو: أنا أساوي ما أملك،
و لكن بعد عملية التحول يصبح شعاره: أنا أساوي ما أعمل، أو ببساطة: أنا أكون ما أنا عليه."

ماذا يمكن عن القول عن الشعور؟ العيش بطريقة تشعر بها بالعيش!
بساطة كتابة إيريك فروم ناتجة عن تجارب خاضها بنفسه، لم يكتب شيء جديد إنما صوره بطريقة أكثر واقعية.
الكتابة عن هذا الكتاب تنقص من حقه.
من الكتب التي يجب أن تُقرأ و تُقرأ.
it about the difference between Being & Having
Jon Clucas
Oct 11, 2008 Jon Clucas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The Art of Being is a rare book that I agree with ideas presented in the books as often as I disagree with other ideas presented therein. Fromm of course takes large portions of his philosophy from Sigmund Freud (whom I rarely agree with) and Karl Marx (whom I rarely disagree with). The Art of Being, a collection of chapters that Fromm cut from To Have or To Be? which his family decided to publish after his death, lacks the punch of many of Fromm's works, largely because these chapters were...more
Jul 14, 2008 Krom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone tired of consumerism, searching for meaning in life.
Recommended to Krom by: Varn Nine
This was the first book by Fromm I have read, and for me this book was full of some profound insights. I've seen some criticize this book as a watered down version of his earlier works, but there is value here and perhaps this is a better starting point for some. Fromm’s goal in this book is to lay down a roadmap for achieving a life of inner peace and contentment that is not derived from having the most of something.

Like any roadmap for inner peace or enlightenment, easier said than done. But...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
I read this a year or two ago and LOVED it. Amazing. I was exceptionally pleased to read yet another Erich Fromm book and not be disappointed. His writing is accessible and eloquent and his messages powerful. I recommend this book.

P. 19, 20:

"I have devoted so much space to these movements because I think there is an important lesson to be learned. The basis for any approach to self-transformation is an ever-increasing awareness of reality and the shredding of illusions. Illusions contaminate ev...more
Leon M
In "The Art of Being", Fromm tries to give practical support to all of his readers who want to move from narcisstic selfishness and egotism to happiness and well-being. This is (probably meant as) a sequel to his larger and more well-known "To Have or To Be", adding ideas and practices for self-improvement to his psychological analysis of the having and being mode in our society.

Unlike other writers, Fromm is very concrete in his writing:: Learn to be awake, to be aware to concentrate, to medita...more
Keytrice Castro
My habit this year has become reading short books in twos, so after reading Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving, there was no other reasoning behind reading The Art of Being next, besides that fact. Fromm generates a seemingly coherent outlook on society, which, someone having an extensive understanding in different philosophical and psychological areas can undoubtedly appreciate, but I could not. It definitely has sparked an interest in what it means to be, what it means to live in our society, so...more
كتاب جميل جدا، و هو ثاني كتاب أقرأه لفروم، بعد كتابه "جوهر الإنسان". يعطي فروم في هذا الكتاب خطوات و منهجا للحياة يقترب بها من المناهج الشرقية القديمة مع ازالة خرافاتها، و لكنه لا يخلو من وجهة نظري من بعض المثالية في التوجه.
Kingsley L. Dennis
Some pertinent and poignant observations and thoughts from Fromm, as ever. Not his most in-depth or profound book, yet a worthy addendum to 'To Have or To Be' and both books should really be read together.
Amazing dissection of today society. Great analysis. Love the way he talks about mediation. The short trance of yoga practice and meditation that people get so addicted to nowadays is what just a brief escape that gives more space within one self to take up even more stress and negativeness in this chaotic world. I see not much of the presence of the state of "being" when people thrush into yoga center.

In the name of peace.

And being.
For some reason, I had trouble consentrating in this book (I had an audiobook). The beginning was interesting (I usually don't read them at all, but the foreword on this one was actually the best part), but somehow I was lost after the middle and when Fromm started talking about psychoanalytic theories about Freud's anal glands I had no hope of coming back.

It's a short book (~5 hours in audio) so perhaps I'll do revisit it soon.
Definitely a pleasant read, though I feel like if I say this book left me more indifferent than stoked, I would get disowned. Could just be I'm too cynical or maybe I read them out of order. My grandfather swears by this man and I'm just now reading them 15 years after he's given it to me. Also,
a guy on the plane asked me if I was reading it for school.
I kinda feel like I was.
After reading To Have or to Be?, I guess I expected a lot from Fromm. This book fails to meet such expectations. It really just seems like a severely watered-down version of To Have or to Be?--read that one instead of this one if you're interested in Fromm's (important!) analysis regarding the having and being modes of human existence.
Le ena zadeva se mi je zdela pomembna iz te knjige. Načelo, da naj bi bil cilj življenja premagati pohlep, sovraštvo in nevednost.

Vse drugo je precej poenostavljeno po eni strani iz nekih strokovnih razlag. Zato deluje neprepričljivo sploh, ker so v precejšnji meri uporabljeni tipični stereotipi.

Priporočam pa spremno besedo.
Clear and thoughtful, loaded with insight, though a couple (small and insignificant) parts felt like they weren't aging well. The same is true of "The Art of Loving" which, while also great, references a few outdated notions. That all said, I'll be happily hanging on to both little paperbacks for a long time.
Florin Pitea
Two modes of being are contrasted, one based on having, the other based on being, and various approaches are taken into consideration, from Buddhism to Marxism to Freud's psychoanalysis. For a detailed review, please visit my blog:
Fromm goes deeply into viewing the core of our existence and what we are attempting to attain by being "happy." Very thought provoking and many insights were valid. However, it felt as if a large portion of the book was laced with an air of self righteousness.
Originally part of To Have or to Be?, Fromm decided it would draw too much attention away from the main part of the book, so he wrote this compelling volume. He does an excellent job of writing to everyone, not just an academic audience.
Expansion and revision to To Have and To Be. Emphasizes importance of self-awareness and independence, and takes apart rationales behind 'having', or rampant consumerism, false paths to 'enlightment', and other trivial things.
sort of a mix of freud and marx, but more "pop" and so easier to read. im not sure why i started with fromm, but maybe i was out to impress an attractive musicologist grad student..
Victor Timotin ”Taro”
I like it a lot, it is his books that touches so many fields of my life, and open my eyes to many questions that I never suposed to exist. Definetly a must to read.
Saiid Abdul Baqi
Erich Fromm outdid all social scientists in this book. My explanation would be too shallow to write, so I advise you to read it yourself!
Jim Johnson
There was nothing very profound or insightful about this. In many places, the author was quite boring and irrelevant.
Cassandra Kay Silva
Quit reading reviews and just read this one because it is quick and worth the read.
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Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His works include The Art of Loving; Love, Sexuality, and Matriarchy; and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.

Fromm's theory is a rather unique blend of Freud and Marx. Freud, of course, emphasized the unconscious, biological drives, repression, and so on. In other word...more
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