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18 What would you like to do with your existence?, David Crowley Mar 11, 2:30 pm
A question asked in last week's class set me to thinking. The question was about Fromm's formulation of freedom: why does he say freedom is terrifying?

I could never ever begin to explain existential fear, but there are some writers who convey it unmercifully. If you haven't explored this already, I want to suggest you read Nausea, by Sartre, and Night, by Elie Wiesel. I realize that the 20th century was like, so 5 minutes ago, but existential fear is a better rush than any Wes Craven feature.

Now I can't help myself from recommending some other works of fiction by authors who were contemporaries of our psychologists, which I think best enrichen the theories of each of the people we've studied so far. Indulge me: Spring break is coming up, and it's time to read some fiction!

It would be great to hear anyone else's nominations, so please dive right in!
  • Freud: read James Joyce. Ulysses is the most deeply veined, but if you don't have a year to spend on one book then read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
  • Jung: read Herman Hesse. Magister Ludi and Damian are both quick reads.
  • Erikson: the first book that occurs to me is The World According to Garp, by John Irving.
  • Henry Sullivan: Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Adler: I don't find him very inspiring, but the best-ever book about birth order is The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky. Or if you'd prefer reading about sisters it would have to be King Lear.
  • Horney: I don't yet have as much of a feel for Horney's outlook, but her most obvious contemporary feminist author would be have to be Virgina Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway is probably her most psychological novel.
Who knows, maybe one of these characters will become a topic for your term paper!

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18 What would you like to do with your...
A question asked in last week's class set me to thinking. The question was about Fromm's...
David Crowley Mar 11, 2:30 pm
18.2 Two more quick ones...
Great post, Dave! Try Richard Russo's "Empire Falls" on for size. It is as if Russo used Chapter 5...
Jennifer Shultis Mar 16, 3:40 pm
18.1 Another book idea...
David et al., I love your thinking! I second the recommendation of Wiesel's "Night." We're...
Barbara Schmitz Mar 14, 10:41 pm
18.1.1 John Irving and Freud
John Irving almost always includes themes of younger boys being sexually attracted to and/or active...
Stephanie Sogg Mar 15, 12:37 pm

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