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The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on What Self-Love Really Means and Why It Is the Basic Condition for a Sane Society | Brain Pickings

Our society is insane and in pain. It’s time to re-read Erich Fromm. Brain Pickings reviews Fromm’s classic, The Sane Society (1955), taking particular note of Fromm’s argument that “all-inclusive love must begin with self-love.”

“…Can we… celebrate what we cannot accept and therefore cannot love?

How to break this Möbius strip of self-rejection is what the great humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980) explores in a portion of his timeless… treatise The Sane Society — the source of Fromm’s increasingly timely wisdom on our best shot at saving ourselves from ourselves…”

~ Maria Popova

With Fromm in mind, here’s another timely read: Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to “Escape from Freedom”? Erich Fromm Saw It Coming | Salon

What the world needs is love.



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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Carl D'Agostino

    Studied him 35 years ago, BA religious studies, don’t remember anything, thanks for re view

    • JoAnn Chateau

      My pleasure. Fromm’s stuff is still good.


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