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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I had read other books by Erich Fromm and was reading different approaches to Psychology.

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.

That was back inI believe. 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Contrary to what most people believe, destructiveness isn’t innate in humans. And now I read it again. In referencing, “Malignant aggression: 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.

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This book gets to the questions of why things are so screwed up, why are people so violent and aggressive? D in sociology from the University of Heidelberg in and finished anatomt psychoanalytical training at the Psychoanalytical Institute in Berlin in Least of all is it passive as far as the growth and liberation of one’s own person are concerned.

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The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Erich Fromm

Destructiveness can therefore be reduced by changing man’s socioeconomic conditions. Topics Erich FrommSociologypsychologyphilosophy. Stalin is a special kind of sadist; Hitler is a special kind of necrophiliac. How can we explain man’s lust for cruelty? Fromm goes beyond the controversy between instinctivists like Lorenz, who argue that man’s destructiveness has been inherited erjch his animal ancestors, and behaviorists like Skinner, who maintain that there are no innate human traits since everything is the result of social conditioning.


Conceding that there is a kind of aggression which man shares with animals, Fromm shows that it is defensive in nature, designed to insure survival. He writes, memorably, “Exploitation and manipulat I skimmed the first eight chapters and then read thoroughly the last five, on aggression. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Nearly all of us aren’t like them. Inhe moved to New York and became a professor at Columbia Anxtomy.

Marx, on the other hand, saw people as determined by their society, and most especially by their economic systems. The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness.

The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

It is said that Fromm was a pioneer in theoretical works with “deep insight” into the the human psyche. I used this book as a reference for many papers that I wrote, it made me love psychology even more. Civilization, of course, was the reason, where only when men could create material things by intellect, i. Here, he is trying to systematically debunk the notion that human aggression, most clearly demonstrated in Nazi Germany, is biologically innate or culturally inevitable.

Conceding that there is a kind of aggression which man shares with animals, Fromm shows that it is defensive in nature, designed to insure survival.

One explores Hitler, whose lack of will, coldness, narcissism, and sadism were hidden under a thin veneer of politeness. The writer, JC Smuts, actually only likes prehistory because he believes it shows how far we’ve come.

And who wouldn’t want to read a chapter titled “Heinrich Himmler: My library Help Advanced Book Search. I would recommend anyone to read any of Fromm’s work.

In the second part, my favorite, Fromm discusses human psychology and society in an evolutionary context. His analysis of the human condition is both insightful and inciteful. The 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.

Oct 02, Abby rated it liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about The Anatomy of Human Destructivenessplease sign up. Among the reasons of its lengthy peace is due to the fact that Catal Hoyuk was a matricentric society, and the mother figure is always a figure attached to life, and not death. Destructiveness is seen in terms of the dreams and associations of many patients, and of historical figures such as Stalin–an extreme example of sadism; Himmler–an example of the bureaucratic-sadistic character; and Hitler.


Once this process has been fully established there is no limit to destructiveness because nobody destroys: 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.

For example, I believed that humanity was more violent during prehistoric times because individuals had to compete for food and resources. He died on March 18, Just like human, don’t you think? Although deeply indebted to Freud, Fromm emphasizes social and cultural factors as well. 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 for the dead.

Erich Fromm – The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness

How did man grow to be so violent? This, however, is not the destructiveness that Fromm wished to discuss and dissect. Want to Read saving…. Smith become behavior believe biological biophilia boredom brain character structure chimpanzees civilization concept considered cruelty culture death instinct defensive aggression desire destroy destructiveness discussion dominant dream Eros Eva Braun example excitation existence experience expression fact factors father feel fighting Freud Fromm function Geli Raubal German hate Himmler Hitler human hunters important impulses individual innate instance instinctivistic intense interest Italics added killing kind lack later leaders libido living Lorenz male man’s manifestation Maser means mother motivated narcissism narcissistic nature necrophilia necrophilous Neolithic neurophysiological observed organic passions person pleasure pleasure principle political primitive principle prisoners problem psychic psychoanalytic psychological question reaction reason repression role sadistic seems sense sexual instinct social society species Speer Stalin stimulation theory threat tion traits.

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