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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For all that, it must be said that Storr is not solihude an historical angle to solitude. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I had classes in college where we refuted freud and read winnicott.

The author as well as numerous philosophers and psychologists tell us that we should look to the place in our lives where our growth was challenged.

Very tightly written book – it’s only pages the rest are notes. Feb 12, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. Wodehouse parents patients patterns period person phantasy philosophers play prisoners psyche psycho-analysis quartets reality referred Saki schizoid self-esteem sense sensory deprivation sexual Sigmund Freud sleep social solitary confinement solitude suffered thought unity whilst William Cowper Winnicott Wittgenstein Wodehouse writes wrote.

The sense of unity or harmony with self, others and the universe is far more complex that Freud’s sexual and pleasure principle or regression. He practised psychotherapy privately, and, fromcombined his practice with various hospital appointments as a consultant. Personally, I really rather identified with this book. No concerns about other’s following or understanding.

Apr 21, Jackie St Hilaire rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don’t know entirely where I stand on this. Aug 23, Daniel G.


Many of the people listed in his book lived lives of solitude with the world being better off because of it. The focus was on creative genius throughout history and the tone was very philosophical. 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’.

On the one hand, it features lots of lovely tidbits about how people have dealt with solitude, most of them miserable depressives. Apr 12, Zade rated it really liked it.

Solitude Anthony Storr Snippet view – To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is an essential book for the psychology of solitude.

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Originally published inAnthony Storr’s enlightening meditation on the creative individual’s need for solitude has become a classic. A rich chapter correlating Jung, Warringer, Hudson, and Gardner. If you reach the finish line, you are way above average, you have found your bliss, you have reached nirvana, heaven, God the source.

Imagination of “divine discontent” and the role of adaptability and fantasy.

Growing up in the privileged seclusion of Dean’s Yard, Westminster, as virtually an only child, Storr was particularly affected by the trauma, shared by most boys of his sloitude and time, of being sent away to a boarding storg school at the age of eight. But solitary activity is essential not only for geniuses, says Storr; the average person, too, is enriched by spending time alone.

I enjoyed the book and think that it was helpful, but was expecting more practical advice. Is that why we read books?

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Solitude: A Return to the Self

When I started this book, I did not realize the author was a renowned psychoanalyst. And as I have pursued my own writing including a bestsellerwith Storr znthony a bridge, I finally understood what Graham Greene was trying to say That appeals to the misanthrope in me. He was 40, and, anghony to that point, had not thought of himself as a writer.

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

Storr is not, in my opinion, romanticizing deprivation and its impact on the development of the artistic temperament. But this does not mean that solitary, creative pursuits are themselves pathological There is no need to convince.

This needn’t be the case. 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. He moves from one technique, splitude it work on you a little, then moves to another technique, lets that one work on you. Sep 07, Mark Anthony Howard added it.