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The Sane Society

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  948 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The Sane Society is a continuation and extension of the brilliant psychiatric concepts Erich Fromm first formulated in Escape from Freedom; it is also, in many ways, an answer to Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. Fromm examines man’s escape into overconformity and the danger of robotism in contemporary industrial society: modern humanity has, he maintains, been ali ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 15th 1990 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1956)
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Mohamed Elshawaf
خمس نجوم (بدل أربعة) لجرعة الإنسانية اللي فجأة هبطت عليّ بسبب الكتاب دا،
فجأة أول ما صحيت من النوم امبارح افتكرت حد متابعه على تويتر ومقرتش له تويتات من زمان فصبحت عليه وعبّرت عن هذا الشعور بعفوية، رغم إننا عمرنا ما تفاعلنا مع بعض.
عن تعبيرات دخلت فجأة لقاموسي التعبيري زي مثلا "تِسلم يا صاحبي" بدل الجُمل العقيمة زي "تسلم يا كبير" و "شكرا يا ريس" ... وأشياء أخرى من هذا القبيل.
وافتقادي لبعض الأشخاص (على الجودريدز مثلا) وبروز هذا الإحساس بطريقة واضحة.

باختصار إحساس ما بإن الواحد لازم يطلّع الإن
David Cupples
Sep 09, 2013 David Cupples rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
One of the most important books ever written BY FAR, by one of the top psychiatrists/social commentators of the 20th Century. I read it as part of my reading list for my graduate exams at UCSB. That was a while ago but the main issue sticks prominently in one's head: Can a person truly be sane (healthy in body, mind and soul) in a society which is insane? In other words, most criteria for judging a person mentally healthy, or not, are based upon the individual's effective adaptation, or not, to ...more
Arjun Ravichandran
Superb book, which hides under its sober language, an anguished cry of outrage at the incredible violence done to our psyches under capitalism. The author, who was a disciple of Freud and a practising psychologist, delineates what he considers to be a 'sane society' (that is to say, a healthy society from a psychoanalytic perspective), how our society is missing this ideal by a long, long way ; and finally, what can be done to reverse this trend and bring about a state of affairs where such incr ...more
Yousef Nabil
كتاب غير عادى بكل المقاييس... حجم البصيرة المعرفية إللى فيه مذهلة بالإضافة لموضوعية من النادر أن تجدها فى مفكر يدرك مواطن قوة كل فيلسوف ومفكر آخر ومواطن ضعفه ويشير للإثنين بذكاء... الكتاب يتجاوز كل الطبقات السطحية من الوعى ويغوص فى أشد التحليلات عمقًا.
How sane are we? This is a very hard question to answer because we do not know the line that demarcates sanity and insanity. Erich Fromm investigates the sanity of the present society. He found out that there are manifestations of social sickness that afflicts and distorts human relationship. Freedom is diminished in its worth and human dignity becomes something very ambiguous.
Haytham Lashin
كتاب لطيف، بيعرف المجتمع السليم علي انه المجتمع اللي بيلبي حاجات الانسان، ومن هنا بيبدأ يفكر ويناقش حاجات الانسان الاساسية ، وبعدين بيتكلم علي اكبر المشاكل اللي بيواجهها الانسان مؤخراً وهي _من وجهة نظره_ الانفصال ، انفصال الانسان عن الطبيعة وعن نفسه وعن تلبية حاجاته الاساسية، بيناقش _بسرعة_ ازاي مجتمع القرن 18 وال 19 حاولوا يحلوا المشكلة دي، وبعدين بيناقش ازي ان المجتمع الرأسمالي والشيوعية _جهم يكحلوها عموها_ بدل ما يحلوا مشكلة الانسان عمقوها اكتر وزادوا من احساس الانسان بالانفصال. وبعدين في اخر ...more
Leslie Erin Quinn
I love Erich Fromm, but reading his books is not something to be taken lightly. It's not that he is dry and boring (quite the opposite) but he supported his ideas so well that it is a bit hard to read more than a chapter or two at a time because his arguments come with some much evidence and exposition. Well worth the time it takes to get through it but definitely not a book you want to take on vacation with you.
Oct 07, 2007 Anthony rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychoanalysts, Economists, Sociologists
Writing in the era of encroaching Communism and the rise of the Evil Empire, 2 years before the successful launch of Sputnik. One choice excerpt from pg. 363:

"Man today is confronted with the most fundamental choice; not that between Capitalism or Communism, but that between robotism (of both the capitalist and the communist variety), or Humanistic Communitarian Socialism."
May 07, 2007 AJ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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True enlightenment is on the horizon...a MUST read!
Mikael Lind
A great read. This book gives the reader a good overview of the ideas and ideals behind Fromm's democratic socialism. A critique of both US capitalism and Soviet communism.
It's been 25 years since I first read this book -- and 45 years since it was first published. It's interesting to reflect on why this book resonated so profoundly when I was a teenager. I must have already shared many of its views, but I remember having a revelatory feeling as I read it, as if truly learning something about human nature and the world we live in. I suppose that's an ancient paradox about education: we can't learn something that is utterly foreign to us, yet by definition learning ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Bria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the insane
It's a little difficult to unpack the parts that are mistaken or just products of the time, and those that at least so far still seem to be very true, since they are so well intertwined. But the basic message that the entire structure and expectations and ambitions of a society can, in fact, be insane I believe to be undoubtedly the case, and it's somewhat depressing to realize that this book was written 55 years ago, and that the message has been repeated, and even accepted and believed countle ...more
mis fit
hmmmmm i like a lot of things about this book and i have reservations about some parts. fromm provides some pretty poetic descriptions of mental health and the development of human potential, as well as some beautiful criticism of capitalist society. but i do wonder if the 'roads to sanity' that he suggests are actually radical enough to make such a huge change in people's lives.

at the very least, it made me feel 18 again, reading something exciting about how the world could be......
سعيد عبدالغنى
كتاب متميز لكاتب متميز، يتحدث إريك فروم عن المجتمع وطبيعة المجتمعات وهل تمرض المجتمعات وعوامل الصحة والمرض في المجتمع.
تحدث الكاتب عن عملية التصنيع والانتاج والاستهلاك، وتحول عملية الاستهلاك من عملية إنسانية محسوسة لها علاقة بحاجاتنا البدنية والنفسية إلي عملية إثارة مصطنعة للأوهام ثم اشباع هذة الاوهام في عملية وهمية منفصلة عن ذواتنا الحقيقية المحسوسة.
اجاد الكاتب فيما يتعلق بعلاقة الانسان بالانسان وعلاقة الفرد بالمجموع وتأثير القوبلة والتنميط والتكثيف التي يتعرض لها الافراد والميل للتوحيد بين النا
Loved his take on the religious, God-parent-child, take on how we interact or see or feel about God, or whatever it is you choose to call "Higher Self".
For the most part, I loved Fromm's analysis of contemporary (industrialized, Western) society (I did, though, see his views on homosexuality and international relations as troubling); I found his critique of Sigmund Freud affirming and highly relevant. As I've found, though, with many who take a critical view of the current state of affairs, Fromm here seems far less imaginative in his prescriptions and suggestions for how to move society beyond the alienation, repression, boredom, anomie, and ...more
Not my favorite of Fromm's -- That honor is still reserved for the three-way tie of Escape from Freedom, The Art of Loving and Marx's Concept of Man -- but he still impresses with his daunting intellect and analytic capacity.

The book begins well and quickly draws you in, as Fromm reviews his argument against Western society and the way that it alienates man from himself, inadvertently creating a modern "robotism." This line of thought is taken from his previous books (including the ones listed a
Jul 23, 2011 Jon added it
This is still of interest not only for Fromm's views but for what is inadvertently revealed about shibboleths of the day (the 1950s), as when Fromm suggests that poverty will soon be a thing of the past in the US. A few years later, Michael Harrington's THE OTHER AMERICA would make nonsense of THAT notion. Also, this book was written at the height of the Great Comic Book Scare of the 50s, when violent comics (the "child porn" of the day) were accused of causing kids to run amok and commit all ki ...more
This may have been considered revolutionary at one point, but all these old-left guys have started to sound the same to me. Ultimately, they're espousing the Ten Commandments. Which is fine, but it's as watery as hell and has all the intellectual rigor of a human interest special on the local news.

But Fromm is a bit better than that. He does a pretty good job of winnowing what's valuable about Freud from what's not. And his warnings against the economism of society are as prescient as ever. That
Haseeb Mahmud
এরিখ ফরম ফরাঙকফুরট সকুলের একজন ছিলেন। এই সকুলের অবদান হলো সামাজিক বিজঞানকে নামবার ইতযাদি নাগাল থেকে বের করে আনা। নিরপেকষতা ভরানত ধারমা এইটাও তারা পরতিষঠা করেন। এরিখ ফরম এই বইটাতে গণতনতরের একটা বেসিক দুরবলতা নিয়ে আলোচনা করেছেন। বযকতি উমমাদ হয় এটা আমরা জানি। সমাজের সবাই উমমাদ হতে পারে কিনা সেটার আলাপ এখানে আছে। সমাজ উমমাদ হবার সমভাবনা মাথায় নিলে গণতানতরিক বযবসথায় কি হতে পারে সেটার জনয নতুন ভাবনার খোরাক জাগাবে এই বই। ...more
Steve Samnadda
Great read! Fromm provides a very insightful and descriptive analysis of capitalism, politics, and the increasing strife between society and personal identity. This is even more profound considering his observations 60+ years ago still ring true today. Not 5 stars because he is not always correct, sometimes a little preachy, and over-political. Like most pyscho-analysts Fromm sometimes oversteps the boundary between theory and reality. Regardless, the 21st century insights and personal reflectio ...more
این اثر اریش فروم با نام "جامعه ی سالم" توسط اکبر تبریزی، مترجم چند اثر فروم به فارسی برگردانده شده. من خود این ترجمه را ندیده ام (در انتهای اثر دیگری از فروم به فارسی، در فهرست آثار او به فارسی قید شده، که بدون قید سال انتشار، توسط انتشارات مروارید منتشر شده). کتاب، چکیده ی نظریه های فروم درباره ی جامعه ی سالم و مشخصات آن است که در آثار دیگر او نظیر "گریز از آزادی"، "هنر عشق ورزیدن" و... بصورتی گسترده در باره ی آنها سخن گفته است.

در مورد اریش فروم، این مطلب کوتاه را هم بخوانید؛
Aaron Meredith
This book was eye opening
Interesante obra, aunque, quizá, es poco detallado para las enormes ideas que tiene. Critica la sociedad capitalista desde los ángulos conservadores (esencialmente, el religioso cristiano) y revolucionario (marxista), haciendo una absurda pero cautivante mezcla que redunda en una inteligente crítica. No obstante, esta obra es hija de su tiempo, y, por lo tanto, ya no es válida. Puede decirse que Fromm se equivocó en demasiadas ideas en este libro.
Matthew Conroy
Erich Fromm has lots of good things to say in this book.

I particularly like his description of Boimondau toward the end of the book. I think practical attempts at solutions to capitalism are what I most want to hear about these days.

His response to Marxism is worth reading. His point that workers' conditions are more important than who controls the means of production is well taken.
Sherif Shaaban
الكتاب يناقش "أمراض" المجتمع الحديث و ما حدث للإنسان من ضياع لإنسانيته تحت وطأة التطور الصناعي و التحول الرأسمالي، و الذي جعل الإنسان سلعة لها ثمن بدلاً من أن يكون الإنسان هدف كل نشاط بشري.
يقترح المؤلف الاشتراكية حلاً لمشاكل المجتمع الحديث، رغم انتقاده لبعض عيوب الاشتراكية الماركسية و ما بعدها.
الكتاب جيد و منظم و يستحق القراءة رغم اختلافي مع بعض ما طرحه المؤلف.
Rich Biggs
Written in 1955. Some of the references to contemporary research seem dated. But his discussion of what makes a good life for the individual and society seems relevant as ever. He puts forth his own ideas and discusses those of Marx, Freud, and the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Jul 11, 2011 Deepa added it
Am still reading the order to get a comprehensive idea of how man is influenced by the society he lives in and how values held to be "right" in society are in fact detrimental to the growth of the individual read this book..there is so much of truth in it and so much of wisdom..Fromm is simply wonderful!
Fromm has a pretty bad interpretation of Marx and it shows whenever he has to analyse socialist movements. Puts all his faith into democratic socialism. I gave this two stars because I like some of his descriptions of alienation in a capitalist society.
Sankar Raj
An excellent work by the neo-Freudian thinker. He analyzes the concept of sanity and insanity from the perspective of humanistic philosophy.Like Marx he attributes many of the problems in the modern man's life to the extreme alienation of man.
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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
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“That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.” 169 likes
“The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.” 72 likes
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