The Pathology of Normalcy

Erich Fromm

The legendary social psychologist and New York Times–bestselling author meditates on ideas of mental health and normalcy in contemporary society.

At the beginning of the 1950s, Erich Fromm increasingly questioned whether people in contemporary industrial society were mentally healthy. Eventually the topic of various lectures, Fromm’s new social psychoanalytic approach enabled him to further develop the psychoanalytic method into a comprehensive critique of the pathology of the “normal,” socially adjusted human being. He was thus able to subject to a radical analysis the widespread strivings that dominate behavior in society—and therefore question what is “normal,” what is beneficial to mental health, and what makes people ill.

In The Pathology of Normalcy, Fromm examines the concepts of mental health and mental illness in modern society. He discusses, through a series of lectures, subjects including a frame of reference for evaluating mental health, the relationship between mental health issues and alienation, and the connection between psychological and economic theory. Finally, he elucidates how humanity can overcome “the insane society,” as well as its own innate laziness.

Published: February 28, 2023
Title: The Pathology of Normalcy
Author: Erich Fromm
ISBN: 9781504082754
Publisher: Open Road Media
Language: English
Formats: ePub


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