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Psychoanalysis and Religion by Erich Fromm
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Jul 23, 12

bookshelves: consciousness-and-spirituality
Recommended to James by: Sean Rosas
Read from June 20 to July 23, 2012

Fromm's lectures are presented as a series of essays on religion and Freudian psychology. He uses the term religion to represent one's weltanschauung or worldview. Fromm eloquently advocates for a psychology of human spirituality, a philosophy of human existence located in a spiritual context. In doing so, he augurs the birth of the positive psychology movement, with its focus on quality of life, happiness, and practical life actualization.
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06/25/2012 page 42
06/28/2012 page 49
39.0% ""God is not a symbol of power over man but of man's own powers.""
06/30/2012 page 53
42.0% "To understand the limits of one's personal power is part of an emergent, maturing wisdom."
07/21/2012 page 99
79.0% ""We tend to think in terms of mass production and gadgets." (p. 98) Written in 1950, these words resonate today in the early 21st century. Fromm proposes neither a Freudian nor Jungian position in respect to the unconscious, but a better way to be fully human."
07/23/2012 page 126
100.0% "It is easy to see that many who profess the belief in God are in their human attitude idol worshipers or men without faith, while some of the most ardent "atheists," devoting their lives to the betterment of mankind, to deeds of brotherliness and love, have exhibited faith and a profoundly religious attitude."
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