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A Life of One's Own 1st Edition
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"Unlike Woolf [in her book A Room of One’s Own], Milner doesn’t just tell you it would be nice to have one (of your own), or that women deserve one (of their own); it shows you, step by step, and in lovingly private detail, how to go about getting one―all by yourself, and without any need for special training or material resources―and what it might feel like to have one, moment by moment. It is an irresistible invitation." – Rachel Bowlby, from the new introduction.
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Marion Milner (1900-1998) was a distinguished British psychoanalyst, educationalist, autobiographer and artist.
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I wished it had explained how she was able to achieve (flipping the switch, per se) her methods of being able to wide focus from her narrow focus.
Otherwise, it was good read if you want to be able to look at things from a new perspective and be able to evaluate what really matters in life.
Milner figured out, pretty much by herself, key elements of what these days passes as somatic psychotherapy. The art of listening to the body, to fears hiding in misty waters of the unconscious, and of opening to the delight that descends when we, often unsuspectingly and all too fleetingly, are graced by the authentic experience of living, are described in fascinating detail.
How does one maintain authenticity when being with other people, what makes us happy, what brings us the sense of direction, how to observe thoughts, emotions and gestures, how to navigate the madscape of mental activity, how "facts" distill themselves out of the boundless background of the unknown, that immense kaleidoscope that keeps changing with our motives- in other words, what IS perception and what awareness... this book lays it all out in a human, so human and irresistible way. After the first chapter I felt an immediate kinship, affection and respect for this woman who died a long time ago, yet left us with this scintilla of honesty and insight. Highly recommended.
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