QuickRead presents a summary of "How to be Alone" by Sara Maitland:
How to be Alone challenges our fear of solitude by daring us to cut through the noise of our everyday lives and spend just a few moments on our own. Proving that solitude isn't so scary, Sara Maitland's breakthrough how-to guide will show you how to become your most amazing self by embracing individuality through solitude.
Being by ourselves might sound simple, but Sara Maitland posits that it's not. Acknowledging our society's fear of solitude and the stereotypes that surround those who are considered "loners," Maitland explores the benefits of actively learning to be alone, including creative focus, self-expression, and the cultivation of our individuality. By analyzing the theories of leading psychologists in conjunction with examples from the lives of such legendary creators as Henry David Thoreau and Virginia Woolf, Maitland invites readers to unlock the creative power of learning how to be alone.