On My Own

The Art of Being a Woman Alone

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Author: Florence Falk

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1400098106

Category: Psychology

Page: 291

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Offers advice on the empowering and liberating experience of being alone, revealing how a woman can find meaning and fulfillment at every stage of her life without being a mother, wife, or girlfriend.

On My Own

The Art of Being a Woman Alone

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Author: Florence Falk

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0307394506

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

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At some point over the course of the average American woman’s life, she will find herself alone, whether she is divorced, widowed, single, or in a loveless, isolating relationship. And when that time comes, it is likely that she will be at a loss as to how to handle it. As a society, we have an unspoken but omnipresent belief that a woman alone is an outcast, inherently flawed in some way. In this invigorating, supportive book, psychotherapist Florence Falk aims to take the fear, doubt, confusion, and helplessness out of being a woman alone. Falk invites all women to find their own paths toward an authentic selfhood, to discover the pleasures and riches of solitude, and to reconnect with others through a newfound sense of self-confidence. Like so many women before her, Florence Falk found herself divorced, alone, and unsure of herself. Soon she realized that by embracing her solitude for what it was—a potentially enriching and life-altering experience—she could turn what once would have felt like “loneliness” into a far more positive and empowered “aloneness.” Falk notes that each of us has two opposing drives: one causes us to yearn to make close connections with others, and the other pulls us back into ourselves, into the need for selfhood and certainty that can only be shaped through solitude. In order to be whole, she says, we must heed both of those impulses. But in our modern culture, the former is stressed while the latter is neglected, even vilified. On My Own boldly shifts that paradigm. With inspiring, intimate stories of women from all backgrounds, Falk illuminates the essential role that being alone plays in women’s lives. Whether she is in a stable relationship or on her own, every woman must learn to be by herself; for if she can be fully free, unfettered by society’s stigmas about being alone, life and all its possibilities will open up for her. And as Falk demonstrates, once a woman has discovered the richness of solitude, she is not likely to give it up so easily. From the Hardcover edition.

On My Own

The Art of Being a Woman Alone

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Author: Florence Falk

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0307394506

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

View: 8918

At some point over the course of the average American woman’s life, she will find herself alone, whether she is divorced, widowed, single, or in a loveless, isolating relationship. And when that time comes, it is likely that she will be at a loss as to how to handle it. As a society, we have an unspoken but omnipresent belief that a woman alone is an outcast, inherently flawed in some way. In this invigorating, supportive book, psychotherapist Florence Falk aims to take the fear, doubt, confusion, and helplessness out of being a woman alone. Falk invites all women to find their own paths toward an authentic selfhood, to discover the pleasures and riches of solitude, and to reconnect with others through a newfound sense of self-confidence. Like so many women before her, Florence Falk found herself divorced, alone, and unsure of herself. Soon she realized that by embracing her solitude for what it was—a potentially enriching and life-altering experience—she could turn what once would have felt like “loneliness” into a far more positive and empowered “aloneness.” Falk notes that each of us has two opposing drives: one causes us to yearn to make close connections with others, and the other pulls us back into ourselves, into the need for selfhood and certainty that can only be shaped through solitude. In order to be whole, she says, we must heed both of those impulses. But in our modern culture, the former is stressed while the latter is neglected, even vilified. On My Own boldly shifts that paradigm. With inspiring, intimate stories of women from all backgrounds, Falk illuminates the essential role that being alone plays in women’s lives. Whether she is in a stable relationship or on her own, every woman must learn to be by herself; for if she can be fully free, unfettered by society’s stigmas about being alone, life and all its possibilities will open up for her. And as Falk demonstrates, once a woman has discovered the richness of solitude, she is not likely to give it up so easily. From the Hardcover edition.

On My Own

The Art of Being a Woman Alone

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Author: Florence Falk

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1400098106

Category: Psychology

Page: 291

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Offers advice on the empowering and liberating experience of being alone, revealing how a woman can find meaning and fulfillment at every stage of her life without being a mother, wife, or girlfriend.

Living Alone and Loving It

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Author: Barbara Feldon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416586423

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

View: 7306

After a relationship impasse, Barbara Feldon -- universally known as the effervescent spy "99" on Get Smart -- found herself living alone. Little did she know that this time would become one of the most enriching and joyous periods of her life. Now Feldon shares her secrets for living alone and loving it. Prescribing antidotes for loneliness, salves for fears, and answers for just about every question that arises in an unpartnered day, she covers both the practical and emotional aspects of the solo life, including how to: Stop imagining that marriage is a solution for loneliness • Nurture a glowing self-image that is not dependent on an admirer • Value connections that might be overlooked • Develop your creative side • End negative thinking Whether you are blessed with the promise of youth or the wisdom of age, Living Alone & Loving It will instill the know-how to forge a life with few maps and many adventures.

Going Solo

The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

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Author: Eric Klinenberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143122770

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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A sociologist explores the demographic rise in people who are living alone, including interviews with young professionals, middle-aged singles, the divorced and the elderly and discovers that they are more engaged in social and civic life than their married counterparts. 25,000 first printing.

Solemate

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Author: Lauren Mackler

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401925215

Category: Self-Help

Page: 384

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In Solemate, Lauren Mackler provides a groundbreaking road map to help people achieve mastery of their lives. Drawing from her own experiences; those of her clients; and the fields of psychology, physiology, sociology, holistic healing, and strategic business practices, Mackler provides the practical information, tools, and exercises to show you how to be independent and stand on your own two feet. Mastering the art of aloneness is about becoming the person you were meant to be, treating yourself well, and shedding the old beliefs and behaviors that limit your ability to live a healthy, happy, secure, and satisfying life. Quizzes and guided journaling help you identify the core limiting beliefs and fears that keep you from being whole and happy with yourself. Mackler teaches you to overcome these beliefs through deliberate living exercises that help align your actions with your desired results. She then helps you liberate your authentic self, so you know exactly who you are. Finally, she leads you through the process of creating a life vision to help you achieve any goal you set for yourself. Solemate is not about being alone, it is about developing the self-awareness, life skills, and emotional intelligence needed to live a full, happy, successful, and financially secure life.

Single

The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent

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Author: Judy Ford

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440518963

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

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Single is... ...not a condition to be cured...it's just as natural as being part of a couple. Its wisdom is contagious. Its message is powerful. ...a one-of-a-kind book that speaks a universal language to single women everywhere. ...a sometimes funny, sometimes, touching, and always uplifing collection of true-life experiences and practical wisdom that helps you celebrate your single status. Single is about upholding the most enduring relationship of all: the one we have with ourselves.

On My Own

The Liberation of Living Alone

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Author: Florence Falk

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407031023

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

View: 9880

On My Own sends the refreshingly positive, and supportive, message that being alone is not a sign of failure but can be an empowering and liberating experience. Society can be cruel in its assessment of a woman alone, regarding her as defective or deserving of pity. Similar pressures cause women to be ashamed of losing the status of mother, wife or girlfriend, and to dread the prospect of 'going it alone'. But, as the author of this inspiring book points out, being on your own can be a vital, intensely creative experience in which you can find your own voice and live a fulfilling life. The case histories and positive view of On My Own will resonate with every woman, young and old, since it touches on a sensitive nerve shared by women all over the world.

The Lonely City

Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

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Author: Olivia Laing

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250039576

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 4510

"You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The Lonely City is a roving cultural history of urban loneliness, centered on the ultimate city: Manhattan, that teeming island of gneiss, concrete, and glass. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we're not intimately involved with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if our sexuality or physical body is considered deviant or damaged? Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens? Olivia Laing explores these questions by travelling deep into the work and lives of some of the century's most original artists, among them Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Edward Hopper, Henry Darger and Klaus Nomi. Part memoir, part biography, part dazzling work of cultural criticism, The Lonely City is not just a map, but a celebration of the state of loneliness. It's a voyage out to a strange and sometimes lovely island, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but visited by many - millions, say - of souls"--

A Woman Alone

Autobiographical Writings

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Author: Bessie Head,Craig MacKenzie

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman

ISBN: 9780435906030

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 137

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A collection of autobiographical writings, sketches, and essays that covers the entire span of Bessie Head's creative life.

Aging Alone

A Candid Guide to Money, Health and Living for Single Seniors

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Author: Ruth Alvarez

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548984632

Category:

Page: 332

View: 7831

What concerns do you have as you grow older without a spouse or partner by your side? Are you worried that you might outlive your money, or have nowhere to turn if you become seriously ill or hurt or want to make new friends in your age group? This book will help you find answers to those questions and more. Ms. Alvarez also is the author of CCRCs: Find the Right Continuing Care Retirement Community for Yourself Or a Loved One

What a Time to be Alone

The Slumflower's guide to why you are already enough

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Author: Chidera Eggerue

Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

ISBN: 1787133141

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

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On My Own

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Author: Diane Rehm

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1101875283

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 162

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In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. With John gone, Diane was indeed "on her own," coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world--struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to memories of the past. Her focus is on her own roller-coaster experiences, but she has also solicited the moving stories of such recently widowed friends as Roger Mudd and Susan Stamberg, which work to expose the reader to a remarkable range of reactions to the death of a spouse. John's unnecessarily extended death--he begged to be helped to die--culminated in his taking matters into his own hands, simply refusing to take water, food, and medication. His heroic actions spurred Diane into becoming a kind of poster person for the "right to die" movement that is all too slowly taking shape in our country. With the brave determination that has characterized her whole life, she is finding a meaningful new way to contribute to the world. Her book--as practical as it is inspiring--will be a help and a comfort to the recently bereaved, and a beacon of hope about the possibilities that remain to us as we deal with our own approaching mortality.

The Art of Aging

A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being

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Author: Sherwin B. Nuland

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588366227

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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In his landmark book How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland profoundly altered our perception of the end of life. Now in The Art of Aging, Dr. Nuland steps back to explore the impact of aging on our minds and bodies, strivings and relationships. Melding a scientist’s passion for truth with a humanist’s understanding of the heart and soul, Nuland has created a wise, frank, and inspiring book about the ultimate stage of life’s journey. The onset of aging can be so gradual that we are often surprised to find that one day it is fully upon us. The changes to the senses, appearance, reflexes, physical endurance, and sexual appetites are undeniable–and rarely welcome–and yet, as Nuland shows, getting older has its surprising blessings. Age concentrates not only the mind, but the body’s energies, leading many to new sources of creativity, perception, and spiritual intensity. Growing old, Nuland teaches us, is not a disease but an art–and for those who practice it well, it can bring extraordinary rewards. “I’m taking the journey even while I describe it,” writes Nuland, now in his mid-seventies and a veteran of nearly four decades of medical practice. Drawing on his own life and work, as well as the lives of friends both famous and not, Nuland portrays the astonishing variability of the aging experience. Faith and inner strength, the deepening of personal relationships, the realization that career does not define identity, the acceptance that some goals will remain unaccomplished–these are among the secrets of those who age well. Will scientists one day fulfill the dream of eternal youth? Nuland examines the latest research into extending life and the scientists who are pursuing it. But ultimately, what compels him most is what happens to the mind and spirit as life reaches its culminating decades. Reflecting the wisdom of a long lifetime, The Art of Aging is a work of luminous insight, unflinching candor, and profound compassion. From the Hardcover edition.

Flying Solo

Single Women in Midlife

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Author: Carol M. Anderson,Susan Stewart,Sona Dimidjian

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393313475

Category: Social Science

Page: 309

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A groundbreaking book portraying the new American lifestyle of single midlife women. Unmarried at 40--could there be anything worse? Our culture dictates that women who have failed to catch or hold the golden ring of marriage are destined to be deprived and depressed, perhaps even dangerous. Add the burden of age and you have a woman headed for disaster. Not necessarily so, say the authors of Flying Solo, who talked with never-married, divorced, and widowed women in midlife across the country. These women's stories offer blueprints for living, as well as inspiration, for other women "flying solo." Most of these women did not intend to be single at midlife. Yet they have given up the dream of "happily ever after" to create lives on their own that are rich and rewarding. The authors share these women's stories as well as their practical advice on managing the mechanics of being single, transforming loneliness, redefining the place of work, developing friendship and support networks, living with and without intimacy and sex with men, and choosing to have and raise children. In the process they define not just a new American lifestyle but a new American Dream.

Spinster

Making a Life of One's Own

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Author: Kate Bolick

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0385347146

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book “Whom to marry, and when will it happen—these two questions define every woman’s existence.” So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she—along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing—remains unmarried. This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless—the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life. Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir and a broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities within ourselves to live authentically. Bolick offers us a way back into our own lives—a chance to see those splendid years when we were young and unencumbered, or middle-aged and finally left to our own devices, for what they really are: unbounded and our own to savor. From the Hardcover edition.

About the Art of Being Alone

How to Overcome Loneliness and the Fear of Being Alone While Learning to Love Yourself

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Author: Janett Menzel

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548945282

Category:

Page: 190

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Do you constantly need people to be around you to feel fulfilled and satisfied? Do you feel empty when you have no one who is with you? Do you look for partners and lovers to feel loved, wanted and "enough" although they later turn out to be the wrong choice? Are you constantly waiting for partners who don't love you as much as you love them, hoping that they will be ready for a committed relationship one day? Then you might attract them unconsciously because deep down you are afraid of being alone. This book is dedicated to all those who want to understand their fear of being alone and their loneliness and transform it into self-love. The author Janett Menzel takes the reader along on a journey of discovery: what type you are, where the fear and depressive emotions come from, what they want to say to you and how you can overcome them with self-recognition. However, instead of fighting it, she suggests examining it carefully, understanding the emptiness and lesson, and, finally, transforming it. With over 70 strategies and reinventions of your own character and life, the author helps the readers to expose and decouple old belief systems, recognize dependencies, and resolve blockades.

Living Alone

Choices for Women Who Are Single Again

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Author: Arlene Cook Shuster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781530514502

Category:

Page: 206

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Whether by death or divorce, each one of you remembers the day, if not the hour, your marriage ended. Then, finally the day came when the empty casserole dishes went home and the last relative waved goodbye. Like it or not, you woke up the next morning, put your feet on the floor and stepped into a life of aloneness. "Living Alone - Choices for Women Who are Single Again," addresses many issues that confront the today's Christian woman living alone again. Arlene Cook Shuster reaches into the readers' hearts, offering uplifting choices to the hurting, the healing and the healthy with amazing clarity in both faith and focus. The author tells the reader that this is not a time to wallow in self-pity. Rather, it's time to be confident as she discovers God's purpose for her life. She reminds the reader that God has a wonderful sense of humor! It's likely to appear at any moment and to be ready to reach for the golden ring of an abundant and joyful life by giving God the glory!

Fear of Flying

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Author: Erica Jong

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143107356

Category: Fiction

Page: 299

View: 2088

Even in a time when women are still sexually repressed, Isadora Wing wishes to "fly free" with a man who completes her every fantasy.