Friday, March 03, 2006

the price?

“It is true that many creative people fail to make
mature personal relationships, and some are extremely
isolated. It is also true that, in some instances,
trauma, in the shape of early separation or
bereavement, has steered the potentially creative
person toward developing aspects of his personality
and which can find fulfillment in comparative
isolation. But this does not mean the solitary,
creative pursuits are themselves pathological…

...avoidance behaviour is a response designed to
protect the infant from behavioural disorganization.
If we transfer this concept to adult life, we can see
that an avoidant infant might very well develop into a
person whose principal need was to find some kind of
meaning and order in life which was not entirely, or
even chiefly, dependant on interpersonal relationships.”

Anthony Storr
‘Solitude: A return to the self