The Art of Listening

January 15, 2020 - Comment

Although Erich Fromm intended to publish his work as a practicing psychotherapist, these plans were never realized in his lifetime. This volume fulfills his wish. Not intended as a textbook about psychoanalytic therapy, these reflections provide welcome new information about Fromm the therapist and the way he dealt with the psychological suffering of his patients.

Although Erich Fromm intended to publish his work as a practicing psychotherapist, these plans were never realized in his lifetime. This volume fulfills his wish. Not intended as a textbook about psychoanalytic therapy, these reflections provide welcome new information about Fromm the therapist and the way he dealt with the psychological suffering of his patients. As Fromm envisioned, each chapter is structured to capture the informality and intimacy of his psychoanalytic work so that readers get a new and different sense of Fromm’s humanism, honesty and insight. These talks and seminars, given by Fromm between 1964 and his death in 1980, deal with the issues between analyst and analysand that go to the heart of the psychoanalytic process. For Fromm, the analyst is his or her own next patient, as the patient becomes his or her analyst.

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Anonymous says:

Essential reading on the way to mindfulness!! Excellent ideas presented. In examining one’s existence one should read first Socrates, then Kierkegaard and then Fromm… This is a collection of essays/lectures concerning the way one makes decisions to compromise on the values held dear, the language we use to describe them and how a therapist relates to the patient. The art of listening is an essential part of modern mindfulness. Listening to one’s self as we relate to both the internal and the external… How we adjust ourselves to…

Anonymous says:

the academic thoroughness makes him a great summarizer and synthesizer of the Vienna Analytical Movement Listening is the art of catharsis. Catharsis is not the product of speaking or free association as one might think because it does not occur if we wander about saying the same thing in our homes. Lying alone on a couch speaking the same words produce no affective change. It is in the art of careful listening that the healing process occurs. While the very end of this book deals with that art the use of this title is a misnomer for the bulk of the content. But in Fromm style, the academic…

Anonymous says:

Somewhat interesting Interesting at first, but eventually it lost my interest. I will go back and try it again one day. I expected it to be a lot about how to be a great listener, but really it is more of an explanation of psychoanalysis.

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