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Psychoanalysis and Religion by Erich Fromm
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Jun 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: consciousness-and-spirituality
Recommended to James by: Sean Rosas

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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June 20, 2012 – Started Reading
June 25, 2012 – Shelved
June 25, 2012 – Shelved as: consciousness-and-spirituality
June 25, 2012 –
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June 27, 2012 –
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June 28, 2012 –
page 49
38.89% ""God is not a symbol of power over man but of man's own powers.""
June 28, 2012 –
page 52
June 30, 2012 –
page 53
42.06% "To understand the limits of one's personal power is part of an emergent, maturing wisdom."
July 2, 2012 –
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July 3, 2012 –
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July 10, 2012 –
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July 21, 2012 –
page 99
78.57% ""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."
July 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."
July 23, 2012 – Finished Reading

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