On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone

On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone

by Florence Falk
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On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone by Florence Falk

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307394507
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 03/20/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 301,329
File size: 423 KB

About the Author

Florence Falk has been a psychotherapist in private practice for the past twenty years. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the country.

From the Hardcover edition.

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On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to purchase this book after reading a review in a magazine. I'm not single, but my husband is frequently gone for months at a time for his work. His leaving typically fills me with a bit of dread and saddness. I realized that before I was married being 'On My Own' was something that I rather enjoyed at times and didn't cause me to feel such a void. The book shows you various reasons that being alone can cause fear, from childhood experiences with aloneness to experiences as a teen and young adult. You also become more aware of the ways society, our culture and upbringing have caused you to turn away from your true self and to see aloneness as undesirable. I read this book from cover to cover in 2 days. The personal stories from various women were touching and examples of childhood experiences seemed as if they could have been written specifically about me. I have to say that now I'm almost looking forward to my husband's next long business weekend. I feel as if I've gained something from reading 'On My Own', and feel a spark of excitement at the idea of spending some quality alone time that I now realize will enrich and help increase my sense of self. I don't think I'll ever look forward to his trips that are months long, however, I think I'll be better able to deal with them. Who knows, maybe I'll start grad school! This book seems to be for all women reguardless of your current life situation. This is one of the most powerful books I've read, it truly reaffirms who you are as a women. If I can take all this from 'On My Own' as a happily married woman, I can't imagine that there couldn't be something here for everyone.
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