December 25, 2016

“It is true that many creative people fail to make mature personal relationships, and some are extremely isolated. […] But this does not mean that solitary, creative pursuits are themselves pathological. […] Avoidance behavior is a response designed to protect the infant from behavioral 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, dependent upon interpersonal relationships.”
~ “Solitude: a return to the self”, Storr.

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