Escape from freedom sometimes known as the fear of freedom outside north america is a book by the frankfurt born psychoanalyst erich fromm first published in the united states by farrar rinehart in 1941. Erich fromms escape from freedom published in 1941 has a good deal in common with eric hoffers postwar the true believer like hoffer fromm was trying to understand the power and appeal of fascism. Escape from freedom is a seriously thought provoking work by a great mind but i actually hesitated in giving it a five star rating while the only aspect that bothered me about the actual book was its repetition i couldnt ignore the fact that much of what he had to say has become typical almost trite over the years. Escape from freedom is erich fromms psychological history of the social conditions that developed in europe between the middle ages and the mid 20th century which culminated in the rise of the nazi party to power in germany under adolf hitler. Authoritarianism the first mechanism of escape from freedom i am going to deal with is the tendency to give up the independence of ones own individual self and to fuse ones self with somebody or something outside oneself in order to acquire the strength which the individual self is lacking
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