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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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 died in Someone who doesn’t have much patience or read much academic stuff might get bored. A defense of solitude! This usually ends up in mental prisons, dragging each other down to the depths of neurosis before the development of the internal ever had a chance to begin.

I have read it a few times.

Solitude: A Return to the Self

Bridging Cultures Between Home and School: We even use the Greek word for a person who lives alone – troglodyte – as an insult to indicate some kind of stupid or defective person. Second – this book does a really great job of talk First, this book is magnificently structured. He pushes anthoony 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.

Fortunately, he provides enough information that even if one is unfamiliar with the details of, for example, Wittgenstein’s solithde, one can still get the point. Imagination of “divine discontent” and the role of adaptability sforr fantasy. Where does one start?

Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr

If we didn’t start chasing a partner as soon as we could, and sometimes pop out babies before we even know ourselves, we would be able to remove our neurosis and create humans with a far more intelligent DNA, one where they can see clearly and therefore can treat themselves and those around them with unconditional love.


I don’t leave negative comments unless it is truly abominable, and I honestly can’t recommend this for a single person. Storr’s decision to become a psychiatrist was made soon after he went up to Christ’s College, Cambridge, in The Hunger of Imagination.

Arrived quickly and without any damage. 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.

For example, is it not so uncommon amongst non-creatives or those who are not solitary that there are people with psychological issues or challenging life circumstances if you study their life just wolitude much as Storr looked at the lives of his examples Kafka, Newton, Beethoven, Beatrix Potter, etc.

URL of this page: I guess he wants to make a point but he seems to be leaning toward solitude but in the end he states that it is a balancing act.

Identifies solituve Romain Rolland called the “oceanic” feeling; contrasts the Freud and Jung interpretations of the ecstatic as regression Freud versus high achievement Jung. Apr 12, Zade rated it really liked it.

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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.

You can get it from being aware of your body and taking care of it. His first concern is to consider solitude as the “capacity to be alone,” and his final chapter concludes that the most profound human experiences have very little to do with interpersonal relationships. 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.


Storr’s particular gift for rendering difficult concepts accessible, as well as his lucid, immensely readable style, made his books as appealing to lay people as to professionals, and his sales reflected this. Woolf rated it it was amazing. It’s an uphill climb to the finish line. I just enjoy my solitude, and my “me” time is pretty important to me, but Storr also highlights in his profiles of these famous creative individuals how their solitude affected their personal relationships or was a reason for their lack of interpersonal intimacy.

Aug 13, Jenn “JR” rated it it was amazing Shelves: Online communication isn’t the same as making a material world connection – but neither is it the same as being alone. OK, maybe everyone is messed up in some way. Rather he is stepping back and opening the lens precisely not to pathologize or oversimplify tendencies towards solitude and away from prioritizing interpersonal relationships as inherently unhealthy.

It seems pretty simple to me. Another reviewer called it discordant. 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.

Wodehouse, Freud, Jung and many more. Aug 01, Sarah M. After that, I enjoyed re-reading the stories of how so many writers, composers, and scientists used solitude as an opportunity to create their greatest works.

He was 40, and, up to that point, had not thought of himself as a solituce. Composers and novelists as examples. Today, Anthony Storr is known for his psychoanalytical portraits of historical figures.

This doesn’t hold true for the whole book though, for Storr was really concentrated on the beneficial aspects of solitude.

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