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Positive Solitude

Positive Solitude

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"Aloneness" conjures up feelings of fear and rejection, and most self-help material which deals with it counsels joining a group, finding a new hobby, or traveling. Andre ( Homemakers , LJ 4/1/81) has decided that societal attitudes can change by redefining "alone" in a more positive manner. When alone, a "feedback gap" occurs, she feels, meaning there is no one with whom to talk or socialize. The basic problem lies in attempting to fill this gap in meaningful ways that can prevent loneliness. She discusses six loneliness traps and offers solutions to them. Emerson, Thoreau, Maslow, and May Sarton are called upon to define the meaning of solitude. Contemplative therapies including logotherapy and Japanese techniques are discussed, making this appropriate for public as well as academic libraries.
- Lisa Wise, Steele Memorial Lib., Elmira, N . Y .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Aloneness" conjures up feelings of fear and rejection, and most self-help material which deals with it counsels joining a group, finding a new hobby, or traveling. Andre ( Homemakers , LJ 4/1/81) has decided that societal attitudes can change by redefining "alone" in a more positive manner. When alone, a "feedback gap" occurs, she feels, meaning there is no one with whom to talk or socialize. The basic problem lies in attempting to fill this gap in meaningful ways that can prevent loneliness. She discusses six loneliness traps and offers solutions to them. Emerson, Thoreau, Maslow, and May Sarton are called upon to define the meaning of solitude. Contemplative therapies including logotherapy and Japanese techniques are discussed, making this appropriate for public as well as academic libraries.
- Lisa Wise, Steele Memorial Lib., Elmira, N . Y .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is 7:30 P.M. and you are at home alone. You have read the paperand eaten your supper. The early evening programs are lousy. Sinceyou have been alone quite a lot lately and have had some bad feelingsabout it, you decide to spend some time thinking about your situation.You reach for a book on loneliness. Maybe it will help you to understand the times of boredom and the moments of pain that you experience when you are alone. Perhaps the author will help you to understand your loneliness and to get over it. After a couple of hours, youput the book down. You are disappointed to realize that reading ithasn't helped. Your feelings of loneliness are worse than ever. Nowyou are depressed because even the experts have little to teach youabout solving your problem. Feeling sad and lonely, you reach forsomething alcoholic and flip on the tube. . . .Something like this once happened to me. Some years ago, Ifound myself unexpectedly divorced. Within two months of the divorce, my mother died. A few months later, my best friends decidedto move to another city. I had no children. Except for college and forweek-long periods of marital separation for career reasons, I hadnever lived alone. Suddenly, I faced the 7:30 syndrome: Each night,hour upon hour lay ahead of me. "What do you do alone at 7:30 atnight when you are tired and there are still three or four waking hoursto go?" I asked myself. What does one do about loneliness?For an answer I turned to my lifelong friends—authors bothknown and new. I read widely in popular books and academic books,personal accounts and research studies. Usually, in my reading I findsolace and new beginnings. Yet, surprisingly, after most encounters

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