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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If you enjoy reading ” Finding Flow ” and other books by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi — you’ll enjoy this book.

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. Apr 04, Rebecca marked it as abandoned-ship.

Apr 02, Talie rated it liked it Shelves: Online communication isn’t the same as making a material world connection – but neither is it the same as being alone. One of the positive notes in a fairly positive review was that it’s “quite validating.

He was elected emeritus fellow of Green Collegefellow of the Royal Society of Literatureand honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Working on the self is not placed at any importance and so while immature emotionally, mentally and spiritually we put all our energy towards being loved and loving another being.

When I told Snow tentatively that I might go into psychiatry, he said, ‘I think you’d be very good at it. This is a now fairly old title that is well worth picking up nonetheless. For fifteen years, readers have found inspiration and renewal in Storr’s erudite, compassionate vision of human experience.

Being alone is necessary not just for personal life – but for professional life as well. Selected pages Title Page. 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. Anthony Storr, who has died of a heart attack aged 80, was Britain’s most literate psychiatrist.


Today, Anthony Storr is known for his psychoanalytical portraits of historical figures. But somewhere along the line the author goes off track and forgets his own topic. See 2 questions about Solitude….

Solitude: A Return to the Self

In the end, the effect is tremendous. The Significance of the Individual.

It was none of the above. GreenfieldBlanca Quiroz No preview available – Os even Anthony Storr era psiquiatra e fez um paralelo entre solidao e criatividade entre filosofos, escritores, artistas e cientistas.

He uses three or four examples where one would do. It was NOT an exploration of how solitude fueled creative minds, but a depressing litany of all the artists who were neglected, imprisoned, stort, or institutionalized.

Storr does not write from a religious point of view, but he has a very healthy respect abthony religious thought and sees the religious thinkers whom he discusses as examples of psychological health. It also suffers from some deviation from the topic. He was 40, and, up to that point, had not thought of himself as a writer.

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Although man is a social being, who certainly needs interaction with others, there is considerable variation in the depth of the relationships which individuals form with each other. He always maintained that he would much rather have been a professional musician than a psychiatrist or writer, had he been blessed with the necessary talent and training; he freely acknowledged that his friendship with artists of the calibre of Alfred Brendel, and the musicologist Hans Keller, meant far more than would have equivalent friendships with Freud, Jung or Adler.

To validate what we already feel? Storr was twice married, first to Catherine Cole the writer Catherine Storr, Obituary, January 11with whom he had three daughters before a divorce in Arrived quickly and without any damage. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Storr stuck it for nearly two years, then asked to be moved, thus effectively ruining his prospects for advancement within the psychiatric establishment.

They were first cousins, and their consanguinity probably accounted for his asthma, from which he, like two of his siblings, suffered for most of his life. Second half of the book seems to be about everything else but solitude. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Anthony Storr era psiquiatra e fez um paralelo entre solidao e criatividade entre filosofos, escritores, artistas e cientistas.


Thus he says, “The capacity to form attachments on equal terms is considere In the flood of books in all fields about social behaviour, a book extolling the virtues of solitude stands out. Apr 21, Jackie St Hilaire rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr

They survive him, as does his second wife, Catherine Peters. Lewis, an obsessional polymath highly critical of his staff, undermined the confidence of everyone who worked for him. Anthony Storr makes a good case that interpersonal relationships are not the only source of happiness.

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The summary of the book as written anthlny the last chapter: Lots of great material to dig into here — it feels like this is just another spot on the tip of the iceberg of a subject that fascinates me: The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole.

A prolific author, journalist and radio and television commentator, he was widely respected as a fount of wisdom and good sense in a profession not particularly noted for such qualities. Return to Book Page.

This is not one of those feel good, self help, make me feel okay with the world kind of books. It will circle around us all through our life, eternally. Anthony Storr is well acquainted and well educated and artistically gives the reader a thorough background in these fields.

What preserved his sanity and emotional equilibrium was a growing passion for music.