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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Feeling Lonesome: The Philosophy and Psychology of Loneliness by Ben Lazare Mijuskovic is a comprehensive study of what we commonly call “loneliness” or the state of feeling alone. However, Feeling Lonesome: The Philosophy and Psychology of Loneliness is much more than simply a book about the roots and meaning of loneliness. In essence, it is really a treatise on what it means to be alive and conscious, and draws on the fields of philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, science, the universal unconscious mind, and much more. The book is divided into several chapters that explore each of these areas in more detail with a list of references at the end of each chapter. This is an extremely wide ranging book in terms of scope and basically links the concept of loneliness with the idea of self-awareness and consciousness, and puts forward the theory that loneliness is an innate and natural state of being.
Feeling Lonesome: The Philosophy and Psychology of Loneliness by Ben Lazare Mijuskovic is an extremely well written book and I was surprised at the depth and scope of the subject matter that is explored. Indeed, this is a book that may probably require more than one reading to fully grasp the meaning of each sentence. Ben Lazare Mijuskovic obviously knows his subject very well and I was really pleased to find excerpts from a lot of philosophers and psychologists such as Freud, Aristotle, Plato, Fromm, etc. I would love to go back and re-read this book not once, but probably more than once. I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in philosophy.