6 powerful lessons from the book The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

1. Love is not a feeling, it is a decision. We often think of love as a feeling that comes over us, but Fromm argues that it is actually a choice. We choose to love someone, even when they are not lovable.

2. There are different types of love. Fromm identifies four types of love: eros (passionate love), philia (friendship love), agape (selfless love), and storge (family love). Each type of love has its own unique qualities and value.

3. Love is not about possession, it is about freedom. We often think of love as meaning that we own the other person, but Fromm argues that true love is about giving the other person the freedom to be themselves.

4. Love is an art, and it requires practice. Just like any other art form, love takes time and effort to learn. We need to be willing to learn about ourselves and the other person, and we need to be willing to grow and change.

5. Love is not passive, it is active. Love is not just about feeling affectionate towards someone. It is about taking action to show them that we care. We need to be willing to do things for them, even when it is inconvenient or difficult.

6. Love is not about perfection, it is about acceptance. We often expect our loved ones to be perfect, but Fromm argues that true love is about accepting them for who they are, flaws and all.

The Art of Loving is a classic book that has helped millions of people to understand and practice love. Fromm's insights are as relevant today as ever.



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