Excerpt #4/4 from 'Solitude and Leadership', an essay by American author, essayist, and literary critic William Deresiewicz. He is the author of A Jane Austen Education, How Six Novels Taught me About Love, Friendship, and the Things that Really Matter (Penguin Press, 2011) and Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press, 2014).
'Introspection means talking to yourself, and one of the best ways of talking to yourself is by talking to another person.
'One other person you can trust, one other person to whom you can unfold your soul. One other person you feel safe enough with to allow you to acknowledge things—to acknowledge things to yourself—that you otherwise can’t.
'Doubts you aren’t supposed to have, questions you aren’t supposed to ask. Feelings or opinions that would get you laughed at by the group or reprimanded by the authorities.
'This is what we call thinking out loud, discovering what you believe in the course of articulating it.'
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