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The Art of Listening is a 1994 book on psychology by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm. In this work, Fromm elucidates his therapeutic method of dealing with the psychological sufferings of people in contemporary society.[1] Fromm's work contains a great deal of clinical reflections of the psychoanalyst.[2] In The Art of Listening, Fromm studies the communication between analyst and analysand in which the analyst offers himself as a human being specially trained in the "art of listening." The art of therapy is the art of listening.[3]

The Art of Listening
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AuthorErich Fromm
CountryUnited States
PublisherConstable & Robinson
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In The Art of Listening, Fromm suggests that a person's character orientation results from socialization into shared psychic attitudes of a particular society.[4]


  1. ^ Hoffmann, Klaus, and Norman Elrod. "Frieda Fromm-Reichmann: On Her Contribution to Psychoanalytic and Psychiatric Theory, With a Note on Erich Fromm's Estimate of Her Work in the USA." International Forum of Psychoanalysis, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 13-18. Taylor & Francis Group, 1999.
  2. ^ Biancoli, Romano. "Questions of technique following the psychoanalytic perspective of Erich Fromm." Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry 34, no. 3 (2006): 489-504.
  3. ^ Biancoli, Romano. "Individuation in analytic relatedness." Contemporary Psychoanalysis 38, no. 4 (2002): 589-612.
  4. ^ Tulloch, Lynley. "Fromm's Humanism and Child Poverty: Neoliberal construction of the ‘have-not’." Open Review of Educational Research 2, no. 1 (2015): 94-104.