Only connect! we are told. Yet one only has to look around on Valentine's Day for a sobering reminder that there is rather less intimacy in the world than there appears to be. Popular culture assures us that couples, friends, family members and even strangers on a train can easily find that sense of deep connection and mutual understanding. Yet in an age of consumption andOnly connect! we are told. Yet one only has to look around on Valentine's Day for a sobering reminder that there is rather less intimacy in the world than there appears to be. Popular culture assures us that couples, friends, family members and even strangers on a train can easily find that sense of deep connection and mutual understanding. Yet in an age of consumption and new media where friending has become a verb, genuine intimacy seems harder to find than ever. Drawing on novels and films as well as psychology, sociology and philosophy, Ziyad Marar offers four lenses through which to illuminate this nebulous concept. He details the many barriers and insecurities that impede our hopes and keep true intimacy at bay, such as the illusion of self-knowledge, lack of imagination and empathy and the wishful thinking that leads to politeness or the avoidance of healthy conflict. Often confused with love, intimacy is in many ways more important. Marar's celebration and investigation of this elusive profound human experience shows how the pursuit of that emotional, conspiratorial but ultimately kind bond with another person is central to a life lived well....
|Title||:||Intimacy: Understanding the Subtle Power of Human Connection|
|Number of Pages||:||228 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Intimacy: Understanding the Subtle Power of Human Connection Reviews
The premise is intriguing and some interesting ideas are posed, however with insufficient rigor and too many egregious misunderstandings of philosophy to take seriously (or to bother finishing). Though this book tends rather more toward lit crit than theory/philosophy, it never dawns upon the author to consider for a moment the possibility that positions are presented in the Platonic dialogues that are precisely those which Plato did not advance. The image of 8-limbed beings split into two, forever seeking its other half, is one of these positions (proposed by Aristophanes, in the Symposium).Such misunderstandings are hardly inconsequential, especially in a work on intimacy. Recourse to definitions in various dictionaries is hardly an improvement in methodology.I'm not going to waste any more time on this. I'd rather read Heidegger. While at times aggravating, Uncle Marty at least has advantage of provoking a good line of thought...
An insightful book about our deepest yearning for intimacy, and the prerequisites that are required to make this possible. There are many descriptions of incidences of near-intimacy too, which explains for example why there can be no such thing as on-line intimacy - only on-line near-intimacy.Ziyad Marar's writing is very accessible,and draws inspiration from the world of film and literature to illustrate his points. The book is well structured, and leads you in an informative but friendly style.This should be compulsory reading.
At times the language is unnecessarily complex, but it certainly does give some new insight about a relationship between two.