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In his warm, inviting, and inclusive, style, bestselling author Leo Buscaglia manages to bring a vision of the world together within his warm embrace. Sharing the stories of his travels and his encounters with people all over the world, Buscaglia reminds us that we are all people who have the potential to share ourselves with ourselves as well as others. A lover of life an In his warm, inviting, and inclusive, style, bestselling author Leo Buscaglia manages to bring a vision of the world together within his warm embrace. Sharing the stories of his travels and his encounters with people all over the world, Buscaglia reminds us that we are all people who have the potential to share ourselves with ourselves as well as others. A lover of life and people, Buscaglia's insight into our hearts and souls, his reassurance as to our essential good natures, is a much-needed reminder of our connectedness to one and all Table Of Contents: Foreword Introduction Chapter I The Start Chapter II The Stages of Growth Toward Full Humanness The Fully Functioning Infant and Child The Fully Functioning Adolescent The Fully Functioning Mature Person The Fully Functioning Intimate Person The Fully Functioning Old Person Chapter III Some Vital Views on the Fully Functioning Person The Way of Taoism The Way of Confucianism The Way of Buddhism The Way of Hinduism The Way of Islam The Way of Judaism The Way of Christianity Chapter IV Growing as the Fully Functioning Person The Role of Death The Role of Self-Determination The Role of Connectiveness The Role of Purpose The Role of Communication The Role of Doubt and Spirituality The Role of Frustration and Pain The Role of Intimacy and Love Chapter V The Challenge of Your Fully Functioning Personhood Special Features: Personhood


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In his warm, inviting, and inclusive, style, bestselling author Leo Buscaglia manages to bring a vision of the world together within his warm embrace. Sharing the stories of his travels and his encounters with people all over the world, Buscaglia reminds us that we are all people who have the potential to share ourselves with ourselves as well as others. A lover of life an In his warm, inviting, and inclusive, style, bestselling author Leo Buscaglia manages to bring a vision of the world together within his warm embrace. Sharing the stories of his travels and his encounters with people all over the world, Buscaglia reminds us that we are all people who have the potential to share ourselves with ourselves as well as others. A lover of life and people, Buscaglia's insight into our hearts and souls, his reassurance as to our essential good natures, is a much-needed reminder of our connectedness to one and all Table Of Contents: Foreword Introduction Chapter I The Start Chapter II The Stages of Growth Toward Full Humanness The Fully Functioning Infant and Child The Fully Functioning Adolescent The Fully Functioning Mature Person The Fully Functioning Intimate Person The Fully Functioning Old Person Chapter III Some Vital Views on the Fully Functioning Person The Way of Taoism The Way of Confucianism The Way of Buddhism The Way of Hinduism The Way of Islam The Way of Judaism The Way of Christianity Chapter IV Growing as the Fully Functioning Person The Role of Death The Role of Self-Determination The Role of Connectiveness The Role of Purpose The Role of Communication The Role of Doubt and Spirituality The Role of Frustration and Pain The Role of Intimacy and Love Chapter V The Challenge of Your Fully Functioning Personhood Special Features: Personhood

30 review for Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I didn't get much out of this at all. It seemed to me he was talking lots of psychological gobbledly- gook. I didn't get much out of this at all. It seemed to me he was talking lots of psychological gobbledly- gook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

    I read this book while in college. It seems I read a lot of things in college that weren't quite related to college itself. come to think of it, I believ I got a better education from all of my extra-curricular reading than the college course material itself. But, this book was (as all of Leo Buscaglia's books are)insightful, insrpiring, funny, and some times even somber. This book in many ways helped me to feel validated as an individual with much to offer. I read this book while in college. It seems I read a lot of things in college that weren't quite related to college itself. come to think of it, I believ I got a better education from all of my extra-curricular reading than the college course material itself. But, this book was (as all of Leo Buscaglia's books are)insightful, insrpiring, funny, and some times even somber. This book in many ways helped me to feel validated as an individual with much to offer.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mohamad

    كتابي زيبا از مرحوم بوسكاليا نويسنده امريكايى ايتاليايي نشر قطره ترجمه خانم گيتي خوشدل با نام ادميت ( هنر به تمامي انسان بودن ) ويژگيهاي انسان كامل را ترسيم كرده است

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lori Frieden

    This book changed my life. I read it when I was 18 and again just recently. It's simply written, not overly intellectual or indulgent. It's a short, quick read that I highly recommend. This book changed my life. I read it when I was 18 and again just recently. It's simply written, not overly intellectual or indulgent. It's a short, quick read that I highly recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    In this book, Leo Buscaglia attempts to offer an historic view of the ethical principles that have guided our humanity. He believes that everyone is responsible through their own uniqueness for completing a portion of a vast universal canvas. Full actualization of the world, therefore, depends on one's self-actualization. Consequently, the greatest challenge to all people is to work at being fully human. In this book, Leo Buscaglia attempts to offer an historic view of the ethical principles that have guided our humanity. He believes that everyone is responsible through their own uniqueness for completing a portion of a vast universal canvas. Full actualization of the world, therefore, depends on one's self-actualization. Consequently, the greatest challenge to all people is to work at being fully human.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jonny

    This was literally one of the hardest books I've ever had to read. I'm not exactly sure why that is; I've no doubt that most of it has to do with my own self and how challenging this book is to the way my mind tends to think. But I also think that there is something....off about this book that I can't quite adequately explain. But I'll try. To give a frame of reference, I came into reading this after loving a few key quotes from Buscaglia ever since I was a teenager. They were sometimes tragic, b This was literally one of the hardest books I've ever had to read. I'm not exactly sure why that is; I've no doubt that most of it has to do with my own self and how challenging this book is to the way my mind tends to think. But I also think that there is something....off about this book that I can't quite adequately explain. But I'll try. To give a frame of reference, I came into reading this after loving a few key quotes from Buscaglia ever since I was a teenager. They were sometimes tragic, but always beautiful. It gave me a sense that Buscaglia knew what it felt like to be someone who feels deeply; specifically, who feels badly deeply. But this book did not give me that impression. The hardest quote for me to read was: "I cannot understand why, given a choice between joy and despair, people will so often choose despair. My daily experiences bring me into contact with individuals who seem totally lifeless and frighteningly apathetic. Most disturbing is their complete disrespect for their personhood." He follows this spending a paragraph with more detail about said people, in a tone that I swear sounds almost bitter. This was only a few pages in to the book. I was expecting understanding, not literally a quote that says "I don't understand" and an accusation that people CHOOSE despair. And I know that I'm coming at this from a perspective that may be the minority (diagnosed depression) but the tone of the book just was not one of hope. And part of that is my perfectionism; my tendency to compare myself to some golden standard which usually doesn't have words. But this book, to me, instead of being inspiring, was just that golden standard actually given words for my perfectionism to beat myself over the head with. It was not written with a tone of "this is how we experience life", it's literally written by starting many chapters off with "Fully functioning persons are ____". But on top of that, I do want to circle back around to the depression/mental illness thing, since that's....well, me, and give a quote that was towards the end of the book: "No one and nothing can depress us or cause us pain if we choose not to have it so." There's no deeper meaning to this statement; Buscaglia's basic premise for most things can be summarized with the quote from How I Met Your Mother: "When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead." So yeah, it's not my jam. I can't say it's garbage, but the sheer fact that most times I could only read a few pages before feeling emotionally and physically worse kind of necessitates me personally giving it a "no", just in general.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    I was hoping for a pleasant and humanistic little sweetie given the title, but instead I got pretty simplistic drivel about complex things, outdated explanations of world religions, and some pretty corny, cheesy stories. I did appreciate his explanation of his childhood in a loving, big, generous, generational Italian family, as I can relate. While there is a small amount of wisdom in this book, it's buried in rather silly and boring sentiments. I was hoping for a pleasant and humanistic little sweetie given the title, but instead I got pretty simplistic drivel about complex things, outdated explanations of world religions, and some pretty corny, cheesy stories. I did appreciate his explanation of his childhood in a loving, big, generous, generational Italian family, as I can relate. While there is a small amount of wisdom in this book, it's buried in rather silly and boring sentiments.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Saman

    در چه بي‌شمار راه‌هايي، گسترده در ميان ستارگان آدمي بايد خود را در جستجوي آخرين راز به دنبال كشد؟ سفر دشوار است و بي‌كران و گاه محال امـا باز، پاري از ما را از تلاش باز نمي‌دارد مي‌توان گفت به كاروان پيوسته‌ايم و در نقطه‌اي خاص، تا آن‌جا كه در توان داريم سفر خواهيم كرد امـا در يك عمر، مجال ديدن همه‌ي آن‌چه كه مي‌خواهيم يا آموختن همه‌ي آن‌چه كه تشنه‌ي دانستنش هستيم وجود ندارد

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elham Taghavimehr

    Inspiring words, I love such books.It makes me feel fresh. Strive every day to become fully YOU---this message is quintessential Buscaglia. At his very best in "The Art of Being Fully Human," Leo will uplift and invigorate you with his heartwarming spontaneity, his challenge to follow your dreams, and his inspiration to take new risks Inspiring words, I love such books.It makes me feel fresh. Strive every day to become fully YOU---this message is quintessential Buscaglia. At his very best in "The Art of Being Fully Human," Leo will uplift and invigorate you with his heartwarming spontaneity, his challenge to follow your dreams, and his inspiration to take new risks

  10. 4 out of 5

    Athena

    مختصر ، مفید و جامع

  11. 4 out of 5

    Waseem

    this was a fantastic lecture and I was lucky enough (to my knowledge) to get access to the video version of this lecture vs the audio program, nevertheless my first experience with Leo Buscaglia was breathtaking...it made you laugh, connect and desire more with his unique method of coaching which I came to laugh ...I certainly will be looking for more books and work by Leo Buscaglia as this undiscovered gem or not so mainstream media guy should be right up there in the self help field, am surpri this was a fantastic lecture and I was lucky enough (to my knowledge) to get access to the video version of this lecture vs the audio program, nevertheless my first experience with Leo Buscaglia was breathtaking...it made you laugh, connect and desire more with his unique method of coaching which I came to laugh ...I certainly will be looking for more books and work by Leo Buscaglia as this undiscovered gem or not so mainstream media guy should be right up there in the self help field, am surprised, myself anyway haven;t heard more about him until I watched this lecture, which truly does teach us the "Art of Being Fully Human" - 5 stars+! To Our Continued Waseem http://www.WaseemMirza.net

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christina Harper

    This is my 1st book of Leo Buscaglia, although I have seen several quotes of his from past readings. I enjoyed the majority of the book. I skimmed the section on religions due to to the fact I already have a strong faith but I understood/understand that many religions have a common thread of acceptance and personal responsibility to change. I thought it got wordy but he is an educator/professor so it's par for the style. It a few great insights into parenting p.38-39, the role of doubt & uncertai This is my 1st book of Leo Buscaglia, although I have seen several quotes of his from past readings. I enjoyed the majority of the book. I skimmed the section on religions due to to the fact I already have a strong faith but I understood/understand that many religions have a common thread of acceptance and personal responsibility to change. I thought it got wordy but he is an educator/professor so it's par for the style. It a few great insights into parenting p.38-39, the role of doubt & uncertainty p.115-117 was my favorite, and many great purpose & accountability observations throughout book. It was an enjoyable read with a few memeorable nuggets that I shall use in my coaching practice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Babarella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book teaches you so much about human life. It's human philosophy explained the best. You start thinking about things, and reading this book makes those decisions better. It improves your communication skills in a way, you can say. You learn a lot about why people act this way or why they do things that are crazy. You also learn how to respect yourself and put yourself before others like you should. Also you learn to control yourself, in my opinion, at least I did. Plus, this book is fun t This book teaches you so much about human life. It's human philosophy explained the best. You start thinking about things, and reading this book makes those decisions better. It improves your communication skills in a way, you can say. You learn a lot about why people act this way or why they do things that are crazy. You also learn how to respect yourself and put yourself before others like you should. Also you learn to control yourself, in my opinion, at least I did. Plus, this book is fun to read. It's not just plain facts, it talks about religion and gives you advice, support and an advantage of knowing why people react a certain way to certain things.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Eckstrom

    At the Nix Nax Hostel in Jamaica, the bookshelves are full of inviting titles---from classic novels translated in various languages to studies of the universe. However, it was this book by Leo F. Buscaglia that caught my eye when I went to grab something to read with my morning coffee. It was a very quick read that I found refreshing and it provided a solid reminder to keep pushing to reach my goals during my lifetime. I found myself wanting to write down little snippets and enjoyed reading what At the Nix Nax Hostel in Jamaica, the bookshelves are full of inviting titles---from classic novels translated in various languages to studies of the universe. However, it was this book by Leo F. Buscaglia that caught my eye when I went to grab something to read with my morning coffee. It was a very quick read that I found refreshing and it provided a solid reminder to keep pushing to reach my goals during my lifetime. I found myself wanting to write down little snippets and enjoyed reading what a previous owner had underlined.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Εβίτα

    Με απλό λόγο , μετέφερε σκέψεις που τις θεωρούμε δεδομένες χωρίς να τις έχουμε επεξεργαστεί μέσα μας, με τους γύρω μας, που δεν τις έχουμε μάθει αλλά αναρωτιόμαστε όταν δεν τις καταλαβαίνουμε. Είχε ένα απολογητικό τόνο για το λεξιλόγιο του στην εισαγωγή αλλά μου άρεσε που ένας κύριος, που δεν είναι του χώρου της ψυχολογίας ,μου μίλησε για εύκολα ξεχασμένα ιδεώδη για την ολοκλήρωση που ξεκινά και τελειώνει μέσα μας. Τελικά, εμείς θα σώσουμε την εαυτής μας. Εύκολη ανάγνωση.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Did you ever take life-span development?? Well, in addition to the days it takes a fertilized egg to become a zygote, embryo, etc... and markers for first word, walking, etc... people - after puberty - keep developing!! Who knew?? lol. We can do the emotional work to become adult humans and even face our own mortality vs. stay in stunted adolescence!! Leo Buscaglia was smart enough to realize there ought to maybe be a college course on how. :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This book has been in my library for over 14 years—passed down from my parents collections and I've just now decided maybe I'm old/mature enough to appreciate its message... Personhood is a good book to remind us of the purpose of our life at each stage and age. It reminds us that growing old is a privilege and being young an opportunity. It is an older book, but continues to be impactful in today's world and resonates with newer books I've read. This book has been in my library for over 14 years—passed down from my parents collections and I've just now decided maybe I'm old/mature enough to appreciate its message... Personhood is a good book to remind us of the purpose of our life at each stage and age. It reminds us that growing old is a privilege and being young an opportunity. It is an older book, but continues to be impactful in today's world and resonates with newer books I've read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    مشکلم با نثر مترجم بود یا تکرار مکررات نویسنده نمیدونم، اما اینکه توی وضعیتی که خیلی از لحاظ روحی بی ثبات بودم کاملا ناگهانی با این کتاب رو به روشدم و با یاداوری یه سری چیزای ساده تونستم کمی روی وضعیت روحیم کنترل داشته باشم به نظرم اثر خودشو گذاشته. برخلاف خیلی از کتابها ادمیت از وسط به بعد مفید و مختصر و تاثیرگذار تر بود. ضمنا، به نظرم بخش جذاب کتاب نقل قول هایی که نویسنده از بقیه میاره.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    What I couldn't explain in my journey to maturity and how like scales that have fallen from my eyes I have begun to live a fully functioning life, the author explained in crystal clear sentences; he found words to say things I've been wanting to explain to others. A profound reading that was truly enjoyable. What I couldn't explain in my journey to maturity and how like scales that have fallen from my eyes I have begun to live a fully functioning life, the author explained in crystal clear sentences; he found words to say things I've been wanting to explain to others. A profound reading that was truly enjoyable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dr.Diane Davis

    It teaches the discovery of self. It helped me to understand when I was a young adult that I had a destiny and purpose. This book helped me in finding myself. Because of Dr. Buscaglia book it motivated me to write, publish and to give back what this phenomenon author has given me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nubia

    Is a good description about human nature, similarities and diferences of religious believes and the author's point of view about how love can help. Contiene una buena descripcion de la naturaleza humana. Y los puntos de vista del autor acerca de como el amor puede ayudar. Is a good description about human nature, similarities and diferences of religious believes and the author's point of view about how love can help. Contiene una buena descripcion de la naturaleza humana. Y los puntos de vista del autor acerca de como el amor puede ayudar.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ioannis

    Easy read it. I believe I must re-read it again if I truly want to understand the inner meaning.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Hess

    Very helpful.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Miller

    It was very good

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hugo Juarez

    Solo quiero leer el libro porque tengo tarea pendiente.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Martine

    Buscaglia shows how similar we all are in our experience in being human, and how we should support each other and grow from our experiences.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Sellers

    Awesome!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    I think this was a read for college psychology. He was quite popular in the 80s.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    One of my all time favorite books and spiritual writers. Highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to learn about religions, spirituality and stages in life.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Javad Siavashi

    Wow man, what a book. Shifts your whole perspective about life, to look through all the positive and negative things and still find love and beauty in living as a human.

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