By Erich Fromm
“There isn't any aspiring to lifestyles other than the which means guy offers his existence through the unfolding of his powers.” —Erich Fromm
Are we basically made up our minds by way of nature or nurture? What are the easiest ways in which humans can reside productively? In guy for Himself, well known social thinker Erich Fromm posits: With the presents of self-consciousness and mind's eye, anybody may give his or her personal distinct resolution. This solution is rooted in our human nature, and will correspond to mankind’s powers of cause and love. as a result, Fromm purposes, “living itself is an art.”
In his humanistic notion of guy, Fromm describes numerous personality orientations which are to be present in Western tradition. For the 1st time, Fromm analyzes the parallels among fiscal innovations of industry price and the way we price others and ourselves—the suggestion of character as a commodity. He argues for a go back to humanistic ethics, and discusses matters akin to the query of judgment of right and wrong, of selfishness and self-love, and of delight and happiness.
This e-book good points an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm together with infrequent photographs and never-before-seen records from the author’s property.
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His ap58 These formulations foreshadow Jung’s later differentiation between “superior” and “inferior” functions (cf. Jung, 1921; Definitions: Inferior Function). 59 MS: ein Vorstellen. 1 J (4 June 1915) • 47 proach to thinking is therefore extraordinarily concretistic, and it is immediately noticeable that it cannot turn into an abstraction. ” I am leaving out here something we will have to discuss later. With best regards, your Jung 60 MS: eine Empfindung. 2 S [24 June 1915] Dear Friend, As you have guessed, dealing further with the question of the psychological types has not given me any real headaches.
58 Naturally man, ever mindful of his role as Homo sapiens, tries to tame and control the irrational with the rational. As a consequence, the thinking person wants to force his feeling to serve his thinking, and the feeling person his thinking to serve his feeling. When I see this done by other people, it strikes me as completely absurd, because the other person does the very thing that most runs counter to my ideal. I call it childish and twisted. It is nearly impossible for me not to moralize about it.
255). 2 S (24 June 1915) • 49 63 of the content of carbonic acid and oxygen in the atmosphere is maintained by the antagonism of plant and animal life, I envisage that psychic development is made possible only by an antagonism between feeling-into and abstraction. “L’évolution . . ”65 Thus I, too, have been tempted time and again to see your standpoint as irrational, and mine as the only rational one. And it has taken me some time to realize that I am mistaken in having believed that everybody else would have to go to heaven in my own way.