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How to Be Alone (School of Life) (English Edition) von [Maitland, Sara, School of Life, The]
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This new series of The School of Life's self-help books build on the strengths of the first, tackling some of the hardest issues of our lives in a way that is genuinely informative, helpful and consoling. Here are books that prove that the term "self-help" doesn't have to be either shallow or naive (Alain de Botton, Founder of The School of Life)

The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge (Independent on Sunday)


Learn how to enjoy solitude and find happiness without others


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5703 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Macmillan; Auflage: Main Market Ed. (2. Januar 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Get a dog too! 11. Februar 2015
Von tombarnes - Veröffentlicht auf
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My Mater always made me feel like a freak because I liked to be alone. One of the reviewers here, said this book should more aptly be titled ‘Its OK to be alone’ and I would agree but then that does make the title kind of Doctor Phil-ish. At any rate this book confirmed dozens of my feelings about being alone. Read this book if you lean toward the introvert-ish type of Myers-Briggs personality.
I worked at a large Library for most of my life and periodically they would have a new higher-level bureaucrat who would make us take the Myers Briggs to justify that new feather in their cap. With the exception of the feather wearer most of us came out as I’s (Introvert)not E’s(Extrovert), horrors! But we just went on turning those pages or nowadays…clicking that mouse. There are a lot of crypto-I's underpinning our huge modern bureaucracies.
The author has a good grasp on our Zeitgeist and its over worded chitty chatty I-just-drank-a-double espresso at Starbucks approved persona that is emblematic of our time. That person would say, “I just loved loved, loved, the book…absolutely, absolutely.”
But if you are a person who might have had the thought that you think more deeply and more rationally when you are alone, this book will confirm in writing, your thoughts. I would say, "I liked it a lot and smiled quite a bit reading the book."
My one bone to pick, is I do have a dog. I spend a lot of time with her. She notices stuff I do not when we are gamboling in the woods. She is a lot of work but all in all she keeps my mind off of the overly rational parts of my Self, and I like that. I would say that is the one problem with too much alone time, you do have a tendency to go a little too deep for the rest of the Dunbar tribe. A dog keeps your feet on the ground and your thoughts more comprehensibly shallow. So I recommend the book highly but I also recommend an accompanying female Labrador Retriever you do not overfeed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Are you comfortable with your own company? 6. Oktober 2014
Von clahain - Veröffentlicht auf
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In How to Be Alone, Sara Maitland offers an interesting historical/cultural view of solitude and considers its place in modern life. She presents the meaning and value of being alone as a sort of pendulum that has swung back and forth in popularity through time. I'm not sure I agree with a conclusion based on such limited evidence. Just because ancient Romans valued public life to excess doesn't mean the same was true of other cultures in existence at the time. What about China and the Near East?

I'm also not sure Maitland makes her case that a strong preference for solitude is seen as a huge eccentricity in modern western culture. Rather, we seem to be living in an era when widely differing modes of living are acceptable. A lot, of course, may depend on profession and age. In the corporate world, being reclusive might indeed get someone pigeonholed as sensitive or introverted or a "deep thinker." School-age kids and young adults who like to be alone probably run a greater risk of peer and parental backlash than older people do. Also, Maitland doesn't really address how modern technology has blurred the lines of what constitutes "being alone." People can now carry on active social lives without ever leaving their homes. Yet, physically, they are still alone.

Maitland does admit that her previous memoir/cultural history A BOOK OF SILENCE suffered a bit from the confusion of the terms "alone" and "silence." The same confusion is present in HOW TO BE ALONE, but I don't think it's a flaw. Rather, the two concepts naturally share the same space. Kind of like conjoined twins, you can't easily tease them apart or examine one without considering the other.

I have to agree with Maitland that most people could benefit from expanding their capacity for being alone. More and more of us end up alone--through death or divorce or just long life spans. It pays to learn to be comfortable with your own company. Also, young people who don't need to be part of a gang have the opportunity to develop their own interests and talents. Maitland provides numerous exercises for those who might want to experiment with solitude. Such as going to a crowded place by yourself or taking a trip alone or indulging in periods of private reverie.

I highly recommend HOW TO BE ALONE. It provides a lot of material for discussion in one concise, thoughtful package.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty good. She sounds a bit bitter about her ... 7. Oktober 2014
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Pretty good. She sounds a bit bitter about her ex-husband, but maybe that's expected of failed relationships. She spends a sizable chunk of the book defending solitude, which kind of thing doesn't really persuade me. I'm already in love with solitude. I felt a slightly combative tone, too, which is probably needed given the audience she writes for, but I think it's an unfortunate necessity. All these are minor criticisms from a sensitive reader, but overall it's a good book. It's a great companion to a person who needs a little nudge in the right direction.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Mostly a book other than what the title suggests 15. Januar 2015
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I have enjoyed other books in this series and was looking forward to reading this one. The title is misleading, though. A better title would be, "Why Being Alone is Okay." I agree that a desire for solitude is okay -- but then again, I already thought that before I began this book (otherwise I would not bother picking it up at all, right?). The vast majority of the book is devoted to examining and refuting the idea that to be alone is selfish and/or pathological, including an examination of the origins of that idea. This seems to be a topic the author has been ruminating about quite bitterly, having been criticized by others for her lifestyle, and she wants to write about that -- but anyone likely to pick up this book probably does not share that view anyway and is looking for the advice the title suggests will be the subject. Not until 70% of the book has already passed (according to my kindle) does she turn from these preliminary matters to "the Joys of Solitude." The author tells us early on that her previous book was widely criticized for purporting to be about one thing (silence), but then turning out to be largely about another (solitude). I'm not surprised, and I'm afraid she has done it again.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Publisher Mis-Titled This Book 15. Oktober 2015
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Sadly, the publisher has mis-titled this book. It is not HOW to be alone--that is, how to look after your physical and mental health when living a largely solitary existence, how to cope with occasional pangs of loneliness, compromises (like pets, etc.) that might make living alone easier, or how to handle being alone when that's not what you wanted (i.e., death of a loved one, divorce, moving to an unfamiliar city for work, etc.). The book does include a few chapters on how to "ease into" solitude: brief exercises or excursions that can help awaken one's appetite to be alone.

Instead this book is WHY IT'S OKAY to be Alone. Which, frankly, it never even occurred to me was in need of justification At least half of the book, Maitland vigorously defends solitude against those who consider such a state "sad, bad, or mad." (It's not clear who's making that accusation; maybe it's a common phrase in the UK?) Given that attacking the concept of solitude in the abstract seems almost absurd, it's no wonder that Maitland refutes the claims quite easily.

Maitland closes out the book by explaining--in the briefest, most cursory way--some of the joys of being alone.

To be clear, I don't believe Maitland is at fault here: in the introduction, she specifically says she's trying to answer why it is, that in an age of supposed hyper-individualism, we spend so little time alone, and seem to regard those who DO spend a lot of time alone as weird recluses. It's an interesting question, and Maitland manages a passable explanation. But the publisher has given this book a misleading, and ultimately very disappointing, title.
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