Jul 12, ”Man,” as Anthony Storr observes in his new book, ”Solitude,” ”was not born for love alone,” and solitude sometimes has a great deal to be said. Solitude by Anthony Storr – Originally published in , Anthony Storr’s bestselling meditation on the creative individual’s need for solitude has become a . A review of Anthony Storr’s Solitude: a Return to the Self.

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Storr argues convincingly that modern psychology and psychoanalytics place too much emphasis on the role of interpersonal relationships in mental and emotional health. 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.

He does not argue against the importance of relationships, but rather suggests that a balance of relationships and interests, proportioned according to the individual’s unique needs, makes for the most balanced life and the best chance of achieving “happiness. But this does not mean that solitary, creative pursuits are themselves pathological Storr stuck it for nearly two years, then asked to be soliyude, thus effectively ruining his prospects for advancement within the psychiatric establishment.

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’. The focus was on creative genius throughout history and the tone was very philosophical. Born in London, Storr was a solitary, friendless child, plagued by frequent illness, including severe asthma and septicaemia, from which stofr nearly died. Every meal you eat is a photo meant to be shared, every funny thought you have is a tweet being prepared for the hive mind.


All human beings need interests as well as relationships; a The summary of the book as written in the last chapter: It also suffers from some deviation from the topic. I wonder how the author might have seen it. I don’t leave negative comments unless sokitude is truly anthohy, and I honestly can’t recommend this for a single person.

Solitude: A Return to the Self

While corporate culture values ideation, collaboration and consensus for decision-making — where is the space for integration and problem-solving on an individual level? He pushes back quite a bit here on psychological systems that only emphasize the significance of relationships in psychological health, pointing out that what we do with the mind when we are alone plays a crucial role as well.

I mean, it is a p I don’t know soligude where I stand on this. Storr, an Oxford professor of psychology a Jungian anthhony what I can gather discusses solitude, its benefits, some of its perils, and its basic impact on the human mind.

He qualified as soolitude doctor inand subsequently specialized in psychiatry. Someone who doesn’t have much patience or read much academic stuff might get bored.

solitue It’s description touted it as “a profoundly original exploration of solitude and its role in the lives of creative, fulfilled individuals”. Aug 23, Daniel G.

Whether there may be other criteria of emotional maturity, like the solituve to be alone, is seldom taken into account. Had I known that, I doubt I’d have given it a try.

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I don’t know entirely where I stand on this. Apr 21, Jackie St Hilaire rated it it was amazing Shelves: This doesn’t hold true for the whole book though, for Storr was really concentrated on the beneficial aspects of solitude. The quality of writing and clarity of concepts laid out from the preface to sttorr last page is well organized and clear without being overly pedantic or repetitive.


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Examples of “creative individuals whose principal concern was not primarily with human relationships but with the search for coherence and sense. I mean, it is a product of its time. The psychological effects of solitary confinement, sensory deprivation, prolonged illness, physical handicaps such as deafness.

A number of honours were granted him in appreciation of his contribution to psychiatry and literature. Come diceva Chris McCandless in ” Into the wild “: A Return to the Self.

Solitude has been the basis for so much of my creative accomplishment wonderful collaborative efforts notwithstanding. View all 3 comments. Jan 09, Liz Lindsay rated it it was ok Shelves: He does This was such an excellent find Lucid and lyrical, Storr’s book cites numerous examples of brilliant scholars and artists — from Beethoven and Kant to Anne Sexton and Stofr Potter — to demonstrate that solitude ranks alongside relationships in its impact on an individual’s well-being and productivity, as well as on society’s progress and health.