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How to be alone

Author: Sara Maitland
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2014.
Series: School of life (Series)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is antisocial and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she to helps us to practice it without  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Maitland
ISBN: 9781250059024 125005902X
OCLC Number: 888986195
Description: 220 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: Being alone in the twenty-first century. Sad, mad and bad ; How we got here --
Rebalancing attitudes to solitude. Face the fear ; Do something enjoyable alone ; Explore reverie ; Look at nature ; Learn something by heart ; Going solo ; Train the children ; Respect difference --
The joys of solitude. Consciousness of the self ; Attunement to nature ; Relationship with the transcendent ; Creativity ; Freedom.
Series Title: School of life (Series)
Responsibility: Sara Maitland.
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"Our fast-paced society does not approve of solitude; being alone is antisocial and some even find it sinister. Why is this so when autonomy, personal freedom and individualism are more highly prized than ever before? Sara Maitland answers this question by exploring changing attitudes throughout history. Offering experiments and strategies for overturning our fear of solitude, she to helps us to practice it without anxiety and encourages us to see the benefits of spending time by ourselves. By indulging in the experience of being alone, we can be inspired to find our own rewards and ultimately lead more enriched, fuller live. - The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life's big questions: How can we fulfill our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Can relationships last a lifetime? We don't have all the answers, but we will direct you toward a variety of useful ideas--from philosophy to literature, from psychology to the visual arts--that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish, and console"--

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