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Published on Mar 27, 2018
We can often be left feeling that there is something wrong with us if we need regularly to spend a lot of time alone. But the impulse to be alone is, in fact, a sign of taking other people very seriously - and is, therefore, a symptom of being properly, rather than superficially, sociable. For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: https://goo.gl/NSCujh Join our mailing list: http://bit.ly/2e0TQNJ Our website has classes, articles and products to help you think and grow: https://goo.gl/7PQqWK Download our App: https://goo.gl/VtcAfJ
“Because our culture places such a high value on sociability, it can be deeply awkward to have to explain how much – at certain points – we need to be alone.
We may try to pass off our desire as something work-related: people generally understand a need to finish off a project. But in truth, it’s a far less respectable and more profound desire that is driving us on: unless we are alone, we are at risk of forgetting who we are...”