The anatomy of human destructiveness by Erich Fromm
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  • The only drawback in the book is that it is boring to read

    • by Vinod

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      ‘The anatomy of human destructiveness’ is a book written by Erich Fromm. In this book, the author analyses the causes of man’s lust for cruelty and destruction. Distinguishing between defensive aggression and cruelty, Fromm analyses the conditions of human existence which lead man to the orgies of destruction and violence.

      The book is

      divided into three parts. The first part is ‘ instinctivism, behaviourism and psychoanalysis’.

      Fromm speaks about various theories about the instinctiveness in man. He also speaks about the psychoanalytic approach to the understanding of aggression.

      The second part deals with neurophysiology, animal behaviour of human beings and anthropology. In the last chapter of this part, the author writes an analysis of thirty primitive tribes in which he writes about both the destructive societies as well as the non-detsructive societies.

      Thus he makes a comparison between them. Part three deals with the varieties of aggression and destructiveness and their respective conditions.

      In this, Fromm speaks about the ...

      • The anatomy of human destructiveness by Erich Fromm
      various forms of aggression. I found this book boring.

      It is difficult to read. But the subject matter is good and provides insights into human aggressive behavior.

      The author makes a deep study into the nature of human destructiveness. It gives us information regarding the causes of aggressive behaviour.

      Moreover, Fromm makes a

      comparison between the peaceful societies and destructive societies. The only drawback in the book is that it is boring to read.

      The book is not ideal for those who are interested in books which captivate their mind. But this book gives you very good knowledge about human aggression, its causes etc.

      I rate the book 5 points.

Simon Evans says :

Well Fromm does suggest in ‘Anatomy ..’ that it is boring people that tend to get bored. I found it a very interesting book, however, not least that he does never accept cruelty, evil, indifference as normal human behaviour, but as exceptional to human beings but not to humans in industrialised modern civilized conditions - the price of living in these environments seems to be to alter its inhabitants view of life, of each other and themselves, as having no more value than mere functionaries, so people live for industrialism, rather than indistrialism existing for humans - yet what is there to countermand this miserable state of affairs - certainly not the industrialists, nor the back-handing policitians, anyway the pernicious damage done to human beings is already done through the powers that be unto adults and thence their children - so what hope for those children when they attain adulthood, when their unconscious minds have now set, he asks so many vital questions, and much convincing theory about how psychopathic murderous power hungry leaders are created. As a psychiatrist, Fromm spent a lot of time with mentally ill people, and understood their common traits, and it is disturbing how he draws many similarities between schitzoid traits and those of 20th century tyrants who for all their genocidal policies, have not ever been diagnosed as truly insane.
Chrystal says :

This book sounds really interesting, I’ve never heard of it before. Thanks for the share- and the review, now I wonder if it has an electronic edition.
Alpha2Zulu says :

Yes, there is an ebook edition for the Kindle of The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Erich Fromm available on Amazon for $ 10.
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