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~~May 31, 2014~~
What Is The “Capacity To Be Alone?”
Originally coined by the British pediatrician/psychoanalyst, Donald Winnicott, the “capacity to be alone” refers to the development of individuality that starts with the infant’s ability to be alone in the presence of the mother.
It is the child’s ability to move from the sense of the mother’s compassionate, comforting and loving presence, to his/her ability to hold on to her presence, even when alone.
This internalized sense of the comforting mother develops into the psychological capacity to regulate anxiety, self-soothe, and experience a true authentic self. In essence, this is the capacity to be alone.
I strongly believe that these concepts not only apply to couples, they also apply to friends and companions of any kind. Mostly, it applies to self.
To be alone improves the capacity to love.
Why Is This an Asset To Intimacy?
True intimacy starts…
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