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Chapter 9 - Can We Get Better at Being Alone?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 March 2024

Netta Weinstein
Affiliation:
University of Reading
Heather Hansen
Affiliation:
University of Reading
Thuy-vy T. Nguyen
Affiliation:
Durham University
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Summary

What makes us durable in alone time is a combination of background, personality, mindset, approach, and mental tools. It may come as no surprise that adaptable, confident, and optimistic people are better at alone time, because those traits are important for resilience in any context. But we are also learning that those who are able to stop and introspect, who are generally curious and self-reliant, flourish when they’re alone. Perhaps more importantly, how we perceive solitude can make or break that time. Being able to see value or meaning in it, even when we must be alone, is critical. Feeling that we have interesting and challenging activities in that space also makes it more enjoyable.

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The Science and Power of Being Alone
, pp. 178 - 201
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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