The Art of Being

Version: Unabridged
Author: Erich Fromm
Narrator: Raymond Todd
Genres: Self Development, Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2006
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

This classic work by psychologist and social philosopher Eric Fromm builds upon his previous popular book, To Have or to Be? In The Art of Being, Fromm teaches us to avoid the tantalizing illusions of our consumer-driven world by learning to function as a whole person from a state of inner completeness or being. The transition from an identity of having to being creates a state of enlightened psychological and spiritual happiness.
How can we realize and actualize love, reason, and meaningful, productive work? Fromm’s proposed way of living, based on authentic self-awareness, comes only through honest self-analysis. Wisely, he warns of the pitfalls of our attaining enlightenment without effort, or believing that life can be lived without pain. The tantalizing “spiritual smorgasbord” offered by our consumer-oriented world, Fromm maintains, only feeds our illusions of “easy awareness.” Confronting the psycho-gurus who preach these shortcuts to enlightenment, Fromm offers another way to self-awareness and well-being, one based on psychoanalysis and self-awareness through meditation. By learning to be centered in the self, the individual is less swayed by the endless pressures and dissatisfactions of the culture of consumerism.
The Art of Being is one of Fromm’s most important works.

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The Art of Being

Written by Veronica McBride on June 7th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

50 plus years later and it's still 100% applicable

Author Details

Author Details

Fromm, Erich

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) emigrated from Germany in 1934 to the United States, where he held a private practice and taught at Columbia, Yale, and New York University. His many books include "Escape from Freedom, Man for Himself, The Heart of Man, " and "The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness".