A Life of One's Own

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 23, 2011 - Psychology - 224 pages
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How often do we ask ourselves, ‘What will make me happy? What do I really want from life?’ In A Life of One’s Own Marion Milner explores these questions and embarks on a seven year personal journey to discover what it is that makes her happy.

On its first publication, W. H. Auden found the book ‘as exciting as a detective story’ and, as Milner searches out clues, the reader quickly becomes involved in the chase. Using her own personal diaries, kept over many years, she analyses moments of everyday life and discovers ways of being, of looking, of moving, that bring surprising joy – ways which can be embraced by anyone.

With a new introduction by Rachel Bowlby this classic remains a great adventure in thinking and living and will be essential reading for all those interested in reflecting on the nature of their own happiness – whether readers from a literary, an artistic, a historical, an educational or a psychoanalytic/psychotherapeutic background.

 

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Contents

1 First questions
1
2 Keeping a diary
14
3 Exploring the hinterland
34
4 The coming and going of delight
46
5 Searching for a purpose
57
6 Searching for a rule
70
7 Two ways of looking
76
8 Discovering that thought can be blind
83
11 Fear of a dragon
108
12 More outcasts of thought
116
13 Relaxing
130
14 Carthorse or Pegasus?
139
15 Discovery of the other
149
16 Retrospect
156
Epilogue
165
Afterword
173

9 Watching the antics of blind thinking
92
10 The escape from blind thinking
100

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About the author (2011)

Marion Milner (1900-1998) was a distinguished British psychoanalyst, educationalist, autobiographer and artist.

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