The Art of Loving – Most of us are unable to develop our capacities for love on the only level that really counts—a love that is compounded of maturity, self-knowledge, and courage. Learning to love, like other arts, demands practice and concentration. Even more than any other art it demands genuine insight and understanding.
In this classic work, Fromm explores love in all its aspects–not only romantic love, steeped in false conceptions and lofty expectations, but also love of parents, children, brotherly love, erotic love, self-love, and the love of God.
Book Review by Andrew D. Covey
Do Yourself A Favor And Read This
One of the most important books one can read, in my view. So much that I had always felt and believed about love was documented clearly and elegantly by Eric Fromm. It’s amusing how one doesn’t really know the ramifications, or at times even the exact substance, of their own thoughts until someone wiser than one’s self puts words to these thoughts. The Art of Loving isn’t a personality check list collection, relationship advice book, or a how to win friends and influence people guide … those kinds of books will seem like trash can decorations once you’ve fully grasped the meaning of the material written in The Art of Loving. Said another way, this book talks about the real deal. In an age of divorce, distilled stupidity, victim mentality, and selfishness beyond comprehension this is exactly the sort of material we need to familiarize ourselves with. I can’t recommend this book enough!
“Every line is packed with common sense, compassion, and realism.” (Fortune)
“Erich Fromm is both a psychologist of penetration and a writer of ability. His book is one of dignity and candor, of practicality and precision.” (Chicago Tribune)
About the Author
Erich Seligmann Fromm (German: [fʀɔm]; March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Originally published: 1957
Genre: Self-help book
Page count: 133