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This classic work by psychologist and social philosopher Eric Fromm builds upon his previous popular book To Have or to Be? The Art of Being 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.

Fromm observes that the modern person is less a self-reflective being than a composite of data promoted by the mass media, and he encourages us to pursue true self-awareness beyond simple political, ideological, and religious cliches. By learning to be centered in the self, the individual is less swayed by the endless pressures and dissatisfactions of the culture of consumerism.

©1989 Estate of Erich Fromm. Foreword 1992 Rainer Funk (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Eric Fromm is both a psychologist of penetration and a writer of ability." (Chicago Tribune)

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  • Nir
  • 13-03-2016

Highly recommended

What made the experience of listening to The Art of Being the most enjoyable?

Really made it think, improve myself and become what I consider a better human being.

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  • Walter
  • 15-08-2012

Very much an excerpt

The content here is just fine - but be warned: the book is comprised of chapters that did not get included in Fromm's classic "To Have or To Be." You are better off reading that one first, then this. That said, much of the content does stand fairly well on its own. In combination iwth "To Have or To Be," it would get 4 stars, maybe 5.

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  • T. Tree Walker
  • 24-01-2018

Essential reading for the journey

I've really been enjoying this book, as something I dip into for a half hour or so, to give me something to expand my consciousness of my own being - and it helps make sense of the things others do too. Well narrated, well paced - I haven't had to speed it up to listen to it like so many others.
I've also listened to Fromm's Psychoanalysis which is excellent too, though more aimed at analysts and those in therapy I suspect.
While I don't necessarily agree with all of Fromm's assertions and ways of seeing things, I'm very glad to haev been exposed to him in this way and I'd recommend this anyone wanting to better understand themselves and others, it's a really thought provoking exploration.

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  • Synquetta B.
  • 06-03-2016

The speakers voice is so calming.

I loved listening to this book because the material was great but I also loved the speakers voice. So relaxing.

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  • Heather
  • 13-08-2011

Worse than a waste of time

I read someone's review where the writer pointed out this author criticizes those who talk about things they do not have personal experience with and then he proceeds to go on and on about exactly that. I could have saved myself some money if I'd listened to this advice. He discusses spiritual practices he has analyzed from the outside and makes all kinds of judgements about them. Extremely disappointing.

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  • Isidrums
  • 26-11-2017

Excellent book perfectly narrated

Great job, the narrator's voice is fantastic! The philosophy inside is deep yet easy to understand Absolute masterpiece.