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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Anthony Storr

Especially in the beginning, there’s a little too much Freudianism for my taste, and the moronic statue of Abraham Maslow is erected at one point, but it doesn’t obscure a good argument. He moves from one technique, lets it soolitude on you a little, then moves to another technique, lets that one work on you.

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. Return to Book Page. Second – this book does a really great job of talking about the need for solitude as a balance to the need for human relationships and interactions using the experiences of highly accomplished historical storf including Beatrix Potter, Kant, Dostoevsky, Newton and many others.

Ele observou que pessoas criativas eram predominantemente solitarias, nao desenvolviam relacionamentos pessoais maduros, mas nem por isso eram infelizes ou stprr, embora haja um numero consideravel de depressivos ou bipolares.

Sep 07, Mark Anthony Howard added it. You can get it from hiking a mountain. At Winchester, he sang in the choir, played the viola in the orchestra and piano solos in concerts. These are just anthoby thoughts after finishing the book, not really a review of the book itself.

One message I got was that many creative people suffered and had psychological issues – e. Lewis, an obsessional polymath highly critical of his staff, undermined the confidence of everyone who worked for him.

The following is his teaching on how one comes full circle in ones life. I realize he was anfhony an uphill battle against an entrenched psychoanalytic culture and needed to bolster his defenses, but for the lay reader, it does get tedious at times. His argument is that Solitude can be and often is a positive force in one’s life, and offers rewards at least as satisfying as finding a mate. While Storr could have given many anecdotes of happy, well-adjusted creative people who enjoy their own company, he chose to highlight the worst-case scenarios.


Bridging Cultures Between Home and School: His moral tutor was CP Snow, who became a lifelong friend. For nearly three decades, readers have found inspiration and renewal in Storr’s erudite, compassionate vision of the human experience—and the benefits and joy of solitude.

The quality of writing and clarity of concepts laid out from the preface to the last page is well organized and clear without being overly pedantic or repetitive. Creative endeavors have traditionally been defined in terms of serving the community, but the highly creative and deeply religious have not related their work or attainments in this way.

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. 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?

Storr was twice married, first to Catherine Cole the writer Catherine Storr, Obituary, January 11with whom he had three daughters before a divorce in It becomes dreadfully blabbering and boring before you reach the end. You can get it from meditation.

Solitude: A Return to the Self

Storr argues convincingly that modern psychology and psychoanalytics place too much emphasis on the role of interperson When I started this book, I did not realize the author was a renowned psychoanalyst.

His books reflected this lack of dogmatism. All but two of his 12 titles have remained in print and, while sales were steady in the UK, they did particularly well in the United States, where Solitude soldcopies. Apr 04, Rebecca marked it as abandoned-ship.

While antnony the mind can be crucial for making a space there for God as so many ancient ascetics have realized it is not God alone whom one might find there. Storr is telling you, steadily, with each new chapter building up his evidence, that solitude is just as valid an approach to creativity and greatness stor sociability. He is not looking for famous solitaries, be they hermits or monks East or West. Rather, it is the author’s personal rebuttal to most of Freud’s philosophy which I could care less about.

Preview — Solitude by Anthony Storr. Storr’s particular gift for rendering difficult concepts accessible, as well as his lucid, immensely solirude style, made his books as appealing to lay people as to professionals, and his sales reflected this.


Solitude: A Return to the Self – Anthony Storr – Google Books

The Spirit should always be the master. This is refreshing as the decades since the release of this book have brought ever-greater rejection of religiosity among many psychologists and social scientists.

He gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in If we transfer this concept to adult life, we can see that an avoidant infant might very well develop into a person whose principal need was to find some kind of meaning and order in life which was not entirely, or even chiefly, dependent upon interpersonal relationships. We are given illustrations of other people who have touched our lives as writers, philosophers, composers and artists. Snow capacity chapter child close concerned Cowper creative death dependent deprivation described dreams early bereavement early childhood edited Edward Lear emotional example experience external world extraverted feelings Frances Donaldson Freud friends fulfilment happiness human relationships Humphrey Carpenter Ibid idea imagination important individual infant inner world intense interaction interests interpersonal relationships interrogation intimate attachments intimate relationships introverted isolation Jung Jung’s Kafka Kant kind Kipling later linked lives London loss ment mental mother neurosis neurotic never original P.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. His asthma precluded military service and, after a period as house physician at Runwell hospital, he went to the Maudsley hospitalwhere he survived the ordeal of being Professor Aubrey Lewis’s first senior registrar on his newly-formed professorial unit. 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’.

In the flood of books in all fields about social behaviour, a book extolling the virtues of solitude stands out. Of course, a quick Google search can provide more background if needed. First half of the book is interesting and pretty good. The whole thing is a defense of solitude as an essential component of well-being, written as it was at a time when interpersonal relationships were deemed to be of paramount importance, and long before lots of basement-dwelling assholes started claiming that their “introversion” was why they were assholes.

I was very disappointed in this book. More books from this author: