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Book review – Solitude.




Whilst considering some important books to read that will change the way you see the world, what factored in was that the books didn’t necessarily have to be recent. While academic knowledge does constantly get updated, some ideas and values remain timeless.

Solitude. Author – Anthony Storr. (1988)


Not an easy book to read at times, especially considering that a substantial number of chapters discuss psychoanalysis. Nevertheless Anthony Storr has produced a timeless masterpiece. The book as by it’s title discusses the creative potential we all have inside of us and much of it can be unleashed in solitude. Anthony Storr makes a convincing argument that we have relied too much on relationships to make us happy and that if we can focus on creativity in our lives we will have something positive  that will stay with us regardless of the difficulties in our lives. While this book may not immediately appeal to someone who is doing well in their job and has hardly suffered any setbacks in life, it is worth considering that the potential of any relationship loss or career/work job loss will likely have a devastating impact upon ourselves, thus maintaining creativity outside our lives is essential. While the introverts amongst ourselves may already have an idea of the peace of mind we can attain from being alone, the remaining extroverts should read this book, if not for the creativity the very idea of solitude.

Oliver Wilson, (2015)

7 comments on “Book review – Solitude.

  1. Ashley Lily Scarlett
    January 18, 2016

    I love this book. Being very introverted it was good to hear someone suggest that solutude is a valid state of being.

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    • consensus44
      January 19, 2016

      Thank you Ashley for recognising this fine book. It was ironically mentioned in another book. Since I’ve read it I’ve fealt more at peace with being the introvert that I am.
      As well the creative element has made much sense as I now understand you can gain your validation from life from being creative. Glad there are more of us introverts out their than first appears.


      • Ashley Lily Scarlett
        January 20, 2016

        There are so many introverted bloggers. It’s good we have a place where it’s acceptable.
        I had a psychologist once who definitely thought romantic relationship was THE mark of maturity. She was certainly an extrovert. I’m single now and I produce more work that way. I’ve had at least two partners who would get annoyed with the amount of time I spent doing my art.
        There’s a book called Quiet by Susan Cain about introversion. I found it a bit disappointing but at least it exists. 🙂

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      • consensus44
        January 21, 2016

        Sounds like you have found your place through staying true to yourself. I shall have a look at this book and review it.


      • Ashley Lily Scarlett
        January 21, 2016

        Hmm, I took a very wrong turn in my early thirties, but now I’m 56 and am more at peace with myself. We’re all works in progress, aren’t we?
        The book is worth reading but I have a feeling that it will disappoint you too.


      • consensus44
        January 21, 2016

        Indeed we are works in progress, as in wrong turn do you mean career choice or lifestyle choice?
        I find it amazing that we feel we have achieved Utopia in our minds, yet some experience in something we do could profoundly change our thinking again.
        As for the book I will read and will be prepared for disappointment.


      • Ashley Lily Scarlett
        January 21, 2016

        Wrong turn in job AND lifestyle. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

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