The Art of Listening by Erich Fromm

By Erich Fromm

A considerate exam of psychotherapy from Erich Fromm, a celebrated chief within the field

Over the process a amazing profession, Erich Fromm equipped a name as a skilled speaker and talented psychoanalyst—the first specialization of this polymath. The artwork of Listening is a transcription of a seminar Fromm gave in 1974 to American scholars in Switzerland. It presents perception into Fromm’s treatment suggestions in addition to his suggestions and attitude whereas operating. during this intimate examine his occupation, Fromm dismantles psychoanalysis after which reassembles it in a transparent and fascinating fashion. This e-book positive aspects an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm together with infrequent pictures and never-before-seen files from the author’s property.

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16:367–8. A translation of Castoriadis’s original French translation of the citation. E. reads: ‘thought-activity was split off’. In the beginning, Freud believed it even possible to ‘construct’ or ‘produce’ language. But an abyss separates what he was describing from genuine language, and, still more so, theoretical reflection. , 186ff. This is such a powerful image, moreover, that some of its key elements can still be found in the famous article by McCulloch and Pitts some fifty years later. Pitts, ‘A logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity’.

His work will remain vital and fruitful only to the extent that, beyond the patient’s defences, resistances and armouring, he succeeds in glimpsing something of the singular radical imagination of this singular human being before him. And this reflects back on the analyst himself, if he is ready to let his own frameworks budge, to listen to something else, to think something new, and to let the patient, via interpretation, find himself again in this something new, understanding that he had always been there and that he does not have to remain there.

If, however, we take the term ‘thought’ in the sense of simple conscious functioning—and then, for Freud, it is basically a matter of a function of the ego— it is clear that this thinking, this functioning, is carried out first and foremost in (a 30 Subjectivity and intersubjectivity state of) closure, which is an expression of the need for the self to exist as self and which, within its boundaries, its categories and the main lines of its content, is the form of closure that happens to be imposed upon the individual through the process of its social fabrication.

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