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Erich Fromm
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    (March 23, 1900-March 18, 1980)
    Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    Psychoanalyst and humanistic philosopher
    Wrote 'Escape from Freedom' (1941), 'Man for Himself' (1947), 'The Sane Society' (1955), 'The Art of Loving' (1956), 'May Man Prevail?' (1961), 'Socialist Humanism' (1965), 'The Nature of Man' (1968) and 'To Have Or To Be?' (1973)
    Postulated that people had five basic needs:
    1. Relatedness: Relationships with others
    2. Transcendence: Creativity, developing an interesting and loving life
    3. Rootedness: a sense of belonging
    4. Sense of Identity: seeing oneself as a unique person and as part of a social group
    5. Frame of Orientation: an understanding of the world and one's place in it
    While married to his first wife, he had an affair with fellow psychologist Karen Horney.
    A colleague of Horney said, 'He took her ideas and used them.'
    Herbert Marcuse said he was a radical theorist who turned conformist.
    He considered his ideas a synthesis of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx.
    He claimed, 'A healthy economy is possible only at the expense of unhealthy human beings.'
    He fled Nazi Germany for the US.
    He rejected Soviet Communism as dehumanizing.
    He wrote, 'Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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