9780684872803

The Call Of Solitude Alonetime In A World Of Attachment

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  • ISBN13:

    9780684872803

  • ISBN10:

    0684872803

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-08-01
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Summary

Achieving inner calm while feeling centered is a human goal that is never easy to master. But why of late do serenity and peace of mind seem further from reach than ever before? The world appears very busy, and finding moments to catch up with ourselves looks to be almost impossible. Something has occurred to change life's circumstances, to make peaceful, restorative time terribly elusive.

Alonetime is a great protector of the self and the human spirit. Many in society have railed against it. Some have overused its healing potential. Others have kept it as a special resource both knowingly and unknowingly. ... (Yet) the only way we shall achieve ... ideal love is if we are allowed to flower in the due course and pace of our inner life. Whether or not we were fortunate in our growing up to blossom this way, plenty of time -- alone-times -- awaits us now to make the necessary readjustments.

Table of Contents

Introduction 15(12)
PART ONE Preconceived Notions and New Thoughts About Aloneness
Fear, Helplessness, and Loneliness
27(22)
Wilderness, Wanderlust, and ``Wild'' Animals
49(13)
Hermits, Monks, and Philosophers: Self-Regulating Solitaires
62(15)
Abandonment, Attachment, and Theory: A Half-Told Tale
77(20)
PART TWO The Need for Aloneness
Silence, Sharing Secrets, and Change: The Other Half of the Psychology Story
97(19)
Rhythms, Sensations, and Womb Life
116(21)
The Baby, the Child, the Adolescent ... Then Us
137(30)
PART THREE The Reconstruction of Alonetime
Trances, Computers, and Private Spaces
167(27)
Relationships, Romance, and Resistance
194(27)
Creativity, Curiosity, and Celibacy
221(25)
Autism, Abuse, and Asylum
246(29)
Reclaiming Courage and Confidence: The Reconstruction of Alonetime
275(28)
Notes 303(48)
Index 351

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