Storr critiques the premise of much psychotherapy esp attachment theory that we need to be fixed so that we can have fulfilling social relationships and thereby be 'successful'. Storr, an Oxford professor of psychology a Jungian from what I can gather discusses solitude, its benefits, some of its perils, and its basic impact on the human mind. This is the way of the writer and other creatives. So - why is it that 30 years after this book was written, it seems like we are still not allowing people to take or make space to integrate their thoughts, experiences and ideas so that they can be healthier, happier and more productive? Solitude has been the basis for so much of my creative accomplishment wonderful collaborative efforts notwithstanding. It was none of the above.
To achieve wholeness one has to have a good center and centering means one has to go into solitude, pursue your quest alone and detach your consciousness from the world. I enjoyed his chapter on the unitive function of creativity especially poetry in this case in solitude in shaping a human mind capable of dealing with what life really brings--loss, pain, estrangement, and all other forms of suffering. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Storr's approach is holistic and theoretical, not heavily research driven, using myriad examples of creative people and artists for exploring how the mind works. Il desiderio e la ricerca di completezza devono necessariamente comprendere entrambi gli aspetti della natura umana. One needs to regain the Spirit.
I have a book on silence where the author explores silence in different places, I wanted something more along those lines - experiences of solitude. For example, the reader can be lost in the details of lives of authors and composers discussed in the book. When I started this book, I did not realize the author was a renowned psychoanalyst. This needn't be the case. Originally published in 1988, Anthony Storr's bestselling meditation on the creative individual's need for solitude has become a classic. It starts out as a way of coping and then becomes a life project.
I am, however, glad I read it. I guess that's a subtle distinction, but the book spends very very little time talking about the actual experience of being alone, which is what I wanted. The entire world is our playground and solitude can bring just as much happiness as a healthy relationship. The capacity to be alone was adumbrated as a valuable resource, which facilitated learning, thinking, innovation, coming to terms with change, and the maintenance of contact with the inner world of the imagination. Second half of the book seems to be about everything else but solitude.
Anyway as it turned out, strangely enough, the book seemed to be more of a psychological discussion of creativity. But solitary activity is essential not only for geniuses, says Storr; the average person, too, is enriched by spending time alone. It is pretty subtle, it doesn't overtly package its message within a lot of bells and whistles like most commercial books today do. Being alone is necessary not just for personal life - but for professional life as well. The first sentence I read was from one of my favourite writers, Anita Brookner. When I chose this book to read I expected general analysis of the issue.
These aid can make you a lot more United! In the end, this book has given me a much greater capacity to think about the role that solitude plays in my mental life, and how to use solitude as a God-given tool for promoting mental and emotional health. Examples were also given of creative individuals whose chief concern was with making sense and order out of life rather than with relationships with others; a concern with the impersonal which, we suggested, tended to increase with age. It will circle around us all through our life, eternally. Growth in the only evidence of life. The sense of unity can be triggered by nature, art, religion, love, childbirth, knowledge, and creativity, but also by solitude and silence. Storr tells us why, and inspires us along the way. We need connection, and we also need solitude, and online conversation is neither of those things - but does it feed the need to create in some way, or is it more of a false nourishment - all the comfort of basking in inspiration, with none of the impetus to actually create? He qualified as a doctor in 1944 and subsequently specialised in psychiatry.
And solitude becomes a friend, not a sad thing like loneliness. For fifteen years, readers have found inspiration and renewal in Storr's erudite, compassionate vision of human experience. You can get it from meditation. This has never been more true than it is today, in 2012, the digital age. Why does he answer Freud so often in the pages of this book? Starting all over again is not easy. . Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.
Your current suggestions to book Solitude: A Return to the Self - additional audience is able to come to a decision of a book. With his step-by-step demonstration of the efficacy -- indeed, necessity -- of solitude, and his carefully drawn biographical material and command of the psychology classics, Storr is an excellent guide. Target Audience Group Trade Classification Method Dewey Decimal 155. Another reviewer called it discordant. You can get it from reading a book written by an intelligent mind. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears.
All human beings need interests as well as relationships; all are geared toward the impersonal as well as toward the personal. There are so many ways to get it and there is no need to be desperate about it. O homem que nao insere em sua vida um pouco de solidao jamais desenvolvera sua capacidade intelectual Thomas de Quincey When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. The ideas speak for themselves. I mean, it is a p I don't know entirely where I stand on this.