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Liking one's own company: how to be alone without being lonely
by Josh Cohen
About this EXP
Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern literary Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, discusses solitude and loneliness.
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Key point 1
The expression “being in one’s own company” captures the idea that, internally, we are more than one.
Key point 2
Solitude is possible when we have a rich relationship with our inner companion; loneliness is when that companion is somebody we’d rather not be with.
Key point 3
Rousseau describes an experience of total, perfect happiness that is only possible in solitude, because it is a closing of the gap between one’s self and one’s inner companion.
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