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Intimacy and Solitude: Balancing Closeness and Independence [Paperback]

Stephanie Dowrick
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1 Feb 2002
Love is the most "natural" thing in the world. Yet we make and break relationships routinely, often without understanding why. Unravelling the desire for rewarding relationships, we must start with ourselves. Stephanie Dowrick offers a penetrating insight into how we can feel crowded in a relationship and yet miserable when alone. She reveals the underlying basis of many paradoxes of human relationships. Dowrick invites us to understand the choices we have already made, while also exploring new possibilities. Love, as she shows, is what opens us to others but it is the one thing that also helps us discover the very best in ourselves.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd; Revised edition edition (1 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704347547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704347540
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sympathetically and with a rare clarity, it offers penetrating insights into some of the most basic paradoxes of human relationships" -- The Guardian

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Stephanie Dowrick was co-founder and managing director of The Women's Press from 1977 to 1982. She has training in analytic psychotherapy and psychosynthesis, as well as in Gestalt therapy and marital and individual counselling.

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I bought this book for an assignment for my Diploma in Counselling. Looking at our own issues from a lifeline we constructed, I discovered that one theme that kept repeating itself throughout my life was a struggle between being happily in a relationship with someone and being happy in my own space, as a single person. After stumbling across this book on Amazon, it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Having now dipped into it with a purely academic eye, I can say that it is far better than I was expecting.

I think my initial reservations about the book were in regard to how it would be written. I rarely buy self-help books, as I often find them patronising and I question the authority of the authors. With INTIMACY AND SOLITUDE, I really didn't need to worry.

The book is written in such a way that it makes it very easy to read. Dowrick does not sound as though she is taking some high horse stance, looking down on you for having the problems that you may have. Instead, she explains why you may be encountering problems relating to initmacy and solitude, and how to balenace these within personal relationships. What I also liked about this book was that it didn't take an overly feminist viewpoint - although women may be more inclined to pick up this book, men could easily get something out of it, and whilst I was reading it I didn't feel that Dowrick was trying to turn me into a man hater for making me the way I am through inequality. Another very strong plus to this book was that it is obvious Dowrick knows her stuff. As I mentioned, I used this book for an academic essay, and so I first approached it with a critical eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Jan 2006
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An excellent book for anyone coming out of a serious relationship and struggling with being alone and loneliness. I keep having to give my copy away to friends and buying new ones! Written in an accesible style, with lots of real life scenarios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone. 3 April 2014
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This is exactly the right book to help you balance where you are in a relationship. It is too easy to focus on the difficult bits of wherever we are, but wherever we are those difficult bits are going to be there!
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