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
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.""
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