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Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  494 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
In his warm, inviting, and inclusive, style, bestselling author Leo Buscaglia manages to bring a vision of the world together within his warm embrace. Sharing the stories of his travels and his encounters with people all over the world, Buscaglia reminds us that we are all people who have the potential to share ourselves with ourselves as well as others. A lover of life an ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published April 12th 1986 by Ballantine Books (first published August 13th 1957)
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Sep 03, 2008 Gregory rated it really liked it
I read this book while in college.
It seems I read a lot of things in college that weren't quite related to college itself.
come to think of it, I believ I got a better education from all of my extra-curricular reading than the college course material itself.
But, this book was (as all of Leo Buscaglia's books are)insightful, insrpiring, funny, and some times even somber.
This book in many ways helped me to feel validated as an individual with much to offer.
Lori Frieden
Oct 24, 2010 Lori Frieden rated it liked it
This book changed my life. I read it when I was 18 and again just recently. It's simply written, not overly intellectual or indulgent. It's a short, quick read that I highly recommend.
May 01, 2016 Mohamad rated it it was amazing
كتابي زيبا از مرحوم بوسكاليا نويسنده امريكايى ايتاليايي نشر قطره ترجمه خانم گيتي خوشدل با نام ادميت ( هنر به تمامي انسان بودن ) ويژگيهاي انسان كامل را ترسيم كرده است
May 05, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
In this book, Leo Buscaglia attempts to offer an historic view of the ethical principles that have guided our humanity. He believes that everyone is responsible through their own uniqueness for completing a portion of a vast universal canvas. Full actualization of the world, therefore, depends on one's self-actualization. Consequently, the greatest challenge to all people is to work at being fully human.
Jan 26, 2016 Lily rated it liked it
I was hoping for a pleasant and humanistic little sweetie given the title, but instead I got pretty simplistic drivel about complex things, outdated explanations of world religions, and some pretty corny, cheesy stories. I did appreciate his explanation of his childhood in a loving, big, generous, generational Italian family, as I can relate. While there is a small amount of wisdom in this book, it's buried in rather silly and boring sentiments.
Saman Kashi
در چه بيشمار راههايي، گسترده در ميان ستارگان
آدمي بايد خود را در جستجوي آخرين راز به دنبال كشد؟
سفر دشوار است و بيكران و گاه محال
امـا باز، پاري از ما را از تلاش باز نميدارد
ميتوان گفت به كاروان پيوستهايم
و در نقطهاي خاص، تا آنجا كه در توان داريم سفر خواهيم كرد
امـا در يك عمر، مجال ديدن همهي آنچه كه ميخواهيم
يا آموختن همهي آنچه كه تشنهي دانستنش هستيم وجود ندارد
Elham Taghavimehr
Jan 25, 2008 Elham Taghavimehr rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who wants to have a new look at himself/herself
Recommended to Elham by: Leila
Inspiring words, I love such books.It makes me feel fresh. Strive every day to become fully YOU---this message is quintessential Buscaglia. At his very best in "The Art of Being Fully Human," Leo will uplift and invigorate you with his heartwarming spontaneity, his challenge to follow your dreams, and his inspiration to take new risks
Nov 08, 2013 Athena rated it really liked it
مختصر ، مفید و جامع
Jun 21, 2017 Jonny rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
This was literally one of the hardest books I've ever had to read. I'm not exactly sure why that is; I've no doubt that most of it has to do with my own self and how challenging this book is to the way my mind tends to think. But I also think that there is about this book that I can't quite adequately explain. But I'll try.

To give a frame of reference, I came into reading this after loving a few key quotes from Buscaglia ever since I was a teenager. They were sometimes tragic, b
Feb 18, 2012 Babarella rated it it was amazing
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Melissa Eckstrom
Jul 08, 2015 Melissa Eckstrom rated it really liked it
At the Nix Nax Hostel in Jamaica, the bookshelves are full of inviting titles---from classic novels translated in various languages to studies of the universe. However, it was this book by Leo F. Buscaglia that caught my eye when I went to grab something to read with my morning coffee. It was a very quick read that I found refreshing and it provided a solid reminder to keep pushing to reach my goals during my lifetime. I found myself wanting to write down little snippets and enjoyed reading what ...more
I think this was a read for college psychology. He was quite popular in the 80s.

Standard "I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when, why, or a lot of the details" disclaimer:
My rating is based on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time. In some cases, "at that time" might mean before most Goodreads users were born. OTOH, it could mean a couple years ago.

Your mileage may vary. Heck, given how all our tastes change over the years and the fickle na
Apr 10, 2016 Jenna rated it it was amazing
This book has been in my library for over 14 years—passed down from my parents collections and I've just now decided maybe I'm old/mature enough to appreciate its message... Personhood is a good book to remind us of the purpose of our life at each stage and age. It reminds us that growing old is a privilege and being young an opportunity. It is an older book, but continues to be impactful in today's world and resonates with newer books I've read.
Jul 14, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it
What I couldn't explain in my journey to maturity and how like scales that have fallen from my eyes I have begun to live a fully functioning life, the author explained in crystal clear sentences; he found words to say things I've been wanting to explain to others. A profound reading that was truly enjoyable.
Feb 22, 2008 Nubia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is a good description about human nature, similarities and diferences of religious believes and the author's point of view about how love can help.

Contiene una buena descripcion de la naturaleza humana. Y los puntos de vista del autor acerca de como el amor puede ayudar.
Christopher Miller
It was very good
Hugo Juarez
Oct 20, 2014 Hugo Juarez marked it as to-read
Solo quiero leer el libro porque tengo tarea pendiente.
May 03, 2009 Martine rated it it was amazing
Buscaglia shows how similar we all are in our experience in being human, and how we should support each other and grow from our experiences.
Lisa Sellers
Feb 02, 2013 Lisa Sellers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cursillo
Jul 05, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books and spiritual writers. Highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn about religions, spirituality and stages in life.
Feb 03, 2008 Lizpaints rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Was helpful when I was grieving.
Anonna Coutee'
Dec 18, 2012 Anonna Coutee' rated it liked it
Get to know yourself,,,'ll see something new in this mirror everytime
Jasmaine Q
Dec 28, 2016 Jasmaine Q rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A gem to be kept and revisited throughout my life. Simple, short and contains the philosophies and insights that I respect and want to live by.
Mar 03, 2012 Tami added it
I think I have read way too many self-help books.
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Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia Ph.D. was a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California. He was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School (Los Angeles).

Leo Buscaglia authored a number of New York Times bestselling inspirational books on love and human reticences on the subject, including The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, Bus 9 to Paradise, Living Loving a
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“We find we have little to guide us in our search and must put trust in the only power we have, that natural instinct that propels us toward creation, choice, liberation and change. We must yield to the challenge of becoming fully human and trust in our human processes in the hope that they will lead us there. Out challenge then is clear, to make as much of the illusion as possible a reality. After all, our reality is not more than what was once our illusion.” 2 likes
“We find we have little to guide us in our search and must put trust in the only power we have, that natural instinct that propels us toward creation, choice, liberation and change. We must yield to the challenge of becoming fully human and trust in our human processes in the hope that they will lead us there. Our challenge then is clear, to make as much of the illusion as possible a reality. After all, our reality is no more than what was once our illusion.” 0 likes
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