The Anatomy of Human. Destructiveness. Erich Fromm. HOLT, RINEHART AND WINSTON. New York Chicago San Francisco. In a world in which violence in every form seems to be increasing, Erich Fromm has treated this problem with deep perception in the most. The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness has ratings and 63 reviews. Raya راية said: ما دام المرء يعتقد أن الإنسان الشرير يحمل قرنين، فإنه لن يكتشف شر.
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The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness
Sep 05, John G. I would recommend anyone to read any of Fromm’s work. This man to me, his contributions to psychology and to the understanding of the world and the human condition eclipse those of Freud and Jung. This book gets to the questions of why things are so screwed up, why are people so violent and aggressive?
I like his answers, it’s a maladjusted attempt to deal with life, one way is the nihilistic destroy that which I don’t understand or the sadistic control that which I don’t underst I would recommend anyone to read any of Fromm’s work.
I like his answers, it’s a maladjusted attempt to deal with life, one way is the nihilistic destroy that which I don’t understand or the tje control that which I don’t understand but both a fear drive and destructive. Fromm knew what he was talking about and is able to share it in ordinary and compelling language.
I got this book for 3. The book called out after me, the title was very attractive, but I never thought it would be such an amazing read! That was back inI believe. I used this book as a reference for many papers that I wrote, it made me love destructivenesz even more. I shall reread it again this year.
The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Erich Fromm
And now I read it again. I had read other books by Erich Fromm and was reading different approaches to Psychology. It is said that Fromm was a pioneer in theoretical works with “deep insight” into the the human psyche. As you can see by the title, he explores the dark side of the huiman psyche with quotes, references, comparisons, and rebuttals of the works of others. In the last part of this text, he discusses, “Malignant Aggression: Hitler’s story falls into the very dark side of human psychology.
The end pages of Fromm’s analysis of Hitler bear the warning of “the fallacy which prevents people from recognizing potential Hitlers before they have shown their true faces. Then finally, he places as an appendix, Freud’s Theory of Aggresiveness and Destructiveness. Fromm actually makes psychology understandable, even this dark side. Unfortunately, more relevant today than when I first read early seventies.
It seems everything is going a bit backwards. It is the position of those who are neither “optimists” nor “pessimists,” but radicals who have rational faith in man’s ability to avoid the ultimate catastrophe.
This humanist radicalism goes to the roots, and thus to the causes; it seeks to liberate man from the chains of illusions; it postulates that fundamental changes are necess “The position taken in this book is one of rational faith in man’s capacity to extricate himself from what seems the fatal web of circumstances that he has created. This humanist radicalism goes to the roots, and thus to the causes; it seeks to liberate man from the chains of illusions; it postulates that fundamental changes are necessary, not only in our economic and political structure but also in our values, in our concept of man’s aims, and in our personal conduct.
To have faith means to dare, to think the unthinkable, yet to act within the limits of the realistically possible; it is the paradoxical hope to expect the Messiah everyday, yet not to lose heart when he has not come at the appointed hour. This hope is not passive and it is not patient, on the contrary, it is impatient and active, looking for every possibility of action within the realm of real possibilities.
Least of all is it passive as far as the growth and liberation of one’s own person are concerned.
To be sure, there are severe limitations to personal development determined by the social structure. But those alleged radicals who counsel that no personal change is possible or even desirable within present-day society use their revolutionary ideology as an excuse for their personal resistance to inner change. Anattomy situation of mankind today is too serious to permit us to listen to the demagogues – least of all demagogues who are attracted to destruction – or even to the leaders who use only their brains and whose hearts have hardened.
Critical and radical thought will only bear fruit when it is blended with the most precious quality man is endowed with – the love of life. Fromm immediately endeared himself to me with this epigraph: The writer, JC Smuts, actually only likes prehistory because he believes it shows how far we’ve come.
Quite contrary to the point Fromm is making. The destructivenrss and shortest part of the book is dedicated to juman discussion of psychological theory Instinctivism vs.
Behaviorismand, not being a psychologi Fromm immediately endeared himself to me with this epigraph: Behaviorismand, not being a psychologist, I honestly have forgotten how exactly Fromm comes down on these issues. In the second part, my favorite, Fromm discusses human psychology and society in an evolutionary context.
Here, he is trying to systematically debunk the notion that human aggression, most clearly demonstrated in Nazi Germany, is biologically innate or culturally inevitable. Toward the end of this part, in an “analysis of thirty primitive tribes,” Fromm classifies each as one of three types: The latter is broadened far beyond the usual sexual connotation and seems to be Errich most significant innovation.
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The position at the club was a peach. Fdomm duties consisted of guardi During the summer between college and my first graduate school I worked as a security guard for Chicago’s Womens’ Athletic Club on Ontario and Michigan Avenues in the Gold Coast area.
My duties consisted of guarding the service entrance, the most onerous part of which was having to arrive before the other workers did early in the morning. Other than saying “hello” to folks as they came in, there really wasn’t much to do but go off to Stuart Brent books around the corner during the lunch break. Very occasionally I’d be given some stupid paperwork, but mostly I just read while sitting in an exceptionally uncomfortable chair near the time cards and service elevator and just under the service frmom.
I must have read a hundred books that summer, often more than one in an eight-hour day. Once in a while I would listen to the radio–most memorably for WFMT’s multipart restructiveness by Erich Fromm on human aggressiveness, a series which led to the purchase of his book on the subject. This a book showing that human is more violent than animal.
The more “civilized”, the more violent he becomes.
Erich Fromm – The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness
When reading this book, I remember a National Geographic episode showing the most dangerous cat variety. Can you imagine that tiger and lion are second to house-cat? House cat kills anything, while tiger and lion merely kill their food. Just like human, don’t you think?
We need to create the conditions vestructiveness would make the growth of man, this unfinished and uncompleted being – unique in nature – the supreme goal of all social arrangements. Genuine freedom and independence and the end of all forms of exploitative control are the conditions for mobilizing the love of life, which is the only force that can defeat the love thhe the dead.
It is much easier to get excited by anger, rage, cruelty, or the passion to destroy than by love and productive and active interest, We need to create the conditions that would make the growth of man, this unfinished and uncompleted being – unique in nature – the supreme goal of all social arrangements. It is much easier to get excited by anger, rage, cruelty, or the passion to destroy than by love and productive and active interest, that first kind of excitation does not require the individual to make an destructvieness – one does not need to have patience wrich discipline, to learn, to concentrate, to endure frustration, to practice desteuctiveness thinking, to overcome ones narcissism and greed.
If the person has failed to grow The whole culture is geared to this kind of fromk. The result is that the average individual does not experience thee separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those who suffer from the same deformation; in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated frmm the insane society and he may suffer so much from the incapacity teh communicate that it is he who may become psychotic In referencing, “Malignant aggression: The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness” by Erich Fromm, it is becoming apparent that malignant aggression is based on the desire to be destructive in order to express an unhappiness.
It has been concluded from research that children have more emotional and social issues than adults because they are developing their personality. A child acts out in this manner because his parents, does not give him or her the attention he or she needs destductiveness wants. Oct 02, Abby rated it liked it Shelves: I skimmed the first eight chapters and then read thoroughly the last five, on aggression.
Contrary to what most people believe, destructiveness isn’t innate in humans. The destructive impulse grew, Fromm argues, with the development of agriculture, the formation of states and hierarchies, and has reached a peak in today’s industrialized societies. Destructiveness can therefore be reduced by changing man’s socioeconomic conditions. He writes, memorably, “Exploitation and manipulat I skimmed the first eight chapters and then read thoroughly the last five, on aggression.
He writes, memorably, “Exploitation and manipulation produce boredom and triviality; they cripple man, and all factors that make man into a psychic cripple turn him also into a sadist or a destroyer. One explores Hitler, whose lack of will, coldness, narcissism, and sadism were hidden under a thin veneer of politeness. And who wouldn’t want to read a chapter titled “Heinrich Himmler: I love it whenever a book corrects my perspectives by debunking all my wrong preconceptions regarding things I believed were axiomatic.
For example, I believed that humanity was more violent during prehistoric times because individuals had to compete for food and resources. Erich Fromm, in this comprehensive work regarding man’s perversions toward destruction, actually cites copious sources from prominent anthropologists that simply disagree with this belief: And civilization was not founded by robust, muscular men, but by women: