Analysis Of Erich Fromm's Psychosocial Theories Of Development

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Fromm’s Psychosocial Theories of Development
In this paper, I have chosen to examine Erich Fromm’s psychological theories pertaining to the development of an individual. I will examine all aspects of Fromm’s psychological and social theories as they apply to an individual’s development, analyzing them particularly against my own development. I will also examine how his theories regarding unhealthy development, or psychopathology, relate to particular events in my own development. Finally, I will conclude by examining how Fromm’s theories regarding society and psychological development of the individual relates to Scripture.
Fromm’s Psychological Theories
Erich Fromm’s psychological theories regarding personality development have been described
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Rainer Funk (2013), “like Freud, Erich Fromm was driven by the question of what drives the person internally”, however, while Freud focused solely on the individual and their internal workings, Fromm’s theories moved towards the social and interpersonal effects on a person rather than the internal effects. According to Funk (2013), “Fromm the sociologist pursued psychic phenomena with a primarily social psychological interest: he wanted to find out why many people behave irrationally in similar ways”. Rather than focus on sexuality as a major determining factor of personal development, Fromm focused on exploring sociopolitical influences on the development of personality. Essentially, Fromm theorized that society had specific effects on individual development because of the innate social nature of people. “This modified central interest entailed that Fromm also had to find an answer to the question of what the subjects’ inner drives had to do with their collective way of life, that is, with their economic relationships and societal demands” (Funk, …show more content…
In terms of Relatedness, I believe that I currently have strong bonds to family members and to close friends. I am capable of not only sympathizing with people who are both familiar and unfamiliar to me, but also empathizing. While my family bonds have not always been the strongest, it is something that I have accepted and have worked on. Rootedness—the ability to see oneself as a member of a larger community—is something that I have never had an issue with. I have always felt a strong connection with community, whether it’s my Church community, my hometown or home state, the University community, or my country. As a member of each community, I have been able to foster a sense of belonging and pride and have found deep personal fulfillment and meaning in being a member of each. I find that Transcendence, Frame Orientation, and Identity are fairly closely related. Transcendence and Frame Orientation work together to provide a sense of meaning and purpose. My own Frame Orientation has allowed me to figure out my role not only in the world but within each smaller community that I am part of, helping me to discover the things that drive my passions, the things that I am best at, and help me define myself in a truly self-actualized way. I believe that Stimulation or Excitement is part of this as well, as I have been able to find excitement

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