The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

The Art Of Loving Book by Erich Fromm

“The Art of Loving” is a 1956 book by German-American psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm. The book is a treatise on the nature of love and the human need for it, in which Fromm explores the different forms love can take, including the love of oneself, romantic love, and the love of God. The book also examines the reasons why people struggle to love and suggests that true love is an art that requires knowledge and practice to master.

Fromm argues that love is not just an emotion, but a conscious choice and an active process. He posits that people are capable of loving in different ways, and often confuse the various forms of love. He defines love as the active concern for the life and growth of that which we love. He also describes love as a decision, an act of will – and not just a feeling.

The book also explores the social and psychological conditions that make it difficult for people to love, including the effects of societal and cultural influences, as well as individual experiences of trauma and emotional deprivation. Fromm suggests that people can learn to overcome these obstacles and develop their capacity to love through self-knowledge, self-discipline, and the practice of certain skills.

The Art of Loving is considered a classic in the field of psychology and humanistic philosophy. It is widely read and discussed by those interested in personal growth and the nature of human relationships.