Erich Fromm Biography
Birthday: March 23, 1900 (Aries)
Born In: Frankfurt, Germany
Erich Fromm was a German Jewish psychoanalyst, psychologist, humanistic philosopher, and sociologist. He is best remembered as one of the founders of the famous William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychoanalysis in US. He was born in Frankfurt as a single child of a wine merchant. His father’s temperamental nature and mother’s depression made his childhood a difficult one. As a result, Fromm turned rebellious and also renounced his religion to become an atheist. The devastating World War I changed his views of the world completely. Following his graduation from the University of Frankfurt am Main, Fromm joined the Heidelberg University in 1919. There, he studied under eminent sociologist Alfred Webber who helped him earn his PhD in sociology in 1922. During the mid-1920s, while studying psychoanalysis, he came in contact with Frieda Reichmann who later became his wife. However, their marriage wasn’t a happy one. Fromm implemented social theories that earned him recognition at the Frankfurt School. He was eventually forced to flee his nation and subsequently settled in USA. In March 1980, the legendary psychoanalyst died in Switzerland, at the age of 79.