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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Destructiveness can therefore be reduced by changing man’s socioeconomic conditions. On the other hand, malignant aggression, or destructiveness, in which man kills without biological or social purpose, is peculiarly human and not instinctive; it is one of the passions, like ambition or greed.

Conceding that there is a kind of aggression which man shares with animals, Fromm shows that it is defensive in anatommy, designed to insure survival. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Throughout his life, Fromm maintained a clinical practice and wrote books. House cat kills anything, while tiger and lion merely kill their food.

Freud, of course, emphasized the unconscious, biological drives, repression, and Erich Fromm, Ph. He received a Ph.

For example, I believed that humanity was more violent during prehistoric times because individuals had to compete for food and resources.

And now I read it again. I like his answers, it’s a maladjusted attempt to deal with life, one way is the nihilistic destroy that which I don’t understand or the sadistic control that which I destructiiveness understand but both a fear drive and destructive.

It is the position of those who are neither “optimists” nor “pessimists,” but radicals who have rational faith in man’s ability to avoid the ultimate catastrophe. Account Options Sign in. When we stop looking for those horns, and recognize evil as evil, we may prevent atrocities such as the Holocaust or the New Economic Policy from ever taking place.


Least of all is it passive as far as the growth and liberation of one’s own person are concerned. Hitler’s story falls into the very dark side of human psychology. Drawing on findings of neurophysiology, prehistory, anthropology, and animal psychology, Fromm presents a global and historical study of human destructiveness that enables readers to evaluate the data for themselves.

How can we explain man’s lust for cruelty?

Here, he is trying to systematically debunk the notion that human aggression, most clearly demonstrated in Nazi Germany, is biologically innate or culturally inevitable. Uhman end pages of Fromm’s analysis of Hitler bear the warning of “the fallacy which prevents people from recognizing potential Hitlers before they have shown their true faces.

Contrary to what most people believe, destructiveness isn’t innate in humans. From inside the book. In other words, Freud postulated that our characters were determined by biology.

Nota bene his take on the cybernetic society and the sado-masochistic character. Stalin is a special kind of sadist; Hitler is a fromm kind of necrophiliac.

The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Erich Fromm

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The book called out after me, the title was very attractive, but I never thought it would be such an amazing read! The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness” by Erich Fromm, it is becoming apparent that malignant aggression is based on the desire to be destructive in order to express an unhappiness. 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.

Fromm goes beyond the controversy between instinctivists like Lorenz, who argue that man’s destructiveness has been inherited from his animal ancestors, and behaviorists like Skinner, who maintain that there are no innate human traits since everything is the result of social conditioning.


Tuhoava ihminen on suositeltava teos ihan jokaiselle kirjallisuusharrastajalle. Situations in the Second World War feature ‘the technicalization of destruction, and with it the removal of the full affective recognition of what one is doing. Fromm steers the reader from the belief that everyone could be evil. There are no reviews yet. Even Albert Speer said this about Hitler: Refresh and try again. To have faith means to dare, to think the unthinkable, yet to act within the limits of the realistically possible; it is the paradoxical hope to expect the Messiah everyday, yet not to lose heart when he has not come at the appointed hour.

Erich Fromm – The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness

Quite contrary to the point Fromm is making. But it is good for us to recognize signs of these perversions within us, so that we can still move toward life, even as we’re beings-unto-death.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Holt, Rinehart and Winston- Psychology – pages. On the contrary, the sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. He retired from there in and moved to Muralto, Switzerland in Fromm immediately endeared himself to me with this epigraph: Erich Fromm, in this comprehensive work regarding man’s perversions toward destruction, actually cites copious sources from prominent destrucfiveness that simply disagree with this belief: