It is true that many creative people fail to make mature personal relationships,and some are extremely isolated. It is also true that, in some instances, trauma, in the shape of early separation or bereavement, has steered the potentially creative person toward developing aspects of his personality which can find fulfillment in comparative isolation. But this does not mean that solitary, creative pursuits are themselves pathological…
[A]voidance behavior is a response designed to protect the infant from behavioral disorganization. If we transfer this concept to adult life, we can see that an avoidant infant might very well develop into a person whose principle need was to find some kind of meaning and order in life which was not entirely or even chiefly, dependent upon interpersonal relationship.
SOLITUDE, A RETURN TO THE SELF
I don’t immerse myself into social culture, some think I am missing out on life. Sometimes I try to remodel my motives, but it always retracts to me asking myself:
“Why are you being pushed into this lifestyle?”
The solitude quote speaks out, one that tries to understand the motives that some ‘creative’ or ‘quiet’ people usually enact towards. This is a positive representation of the ideas and fixations that should be questioned, rather than delineate an ignorant speculative upon their character.
I saw this quote and instantly felt connected towards it. Marvelous that Krakauer was able to successfully discover quotes that held true to the story being told: he does this throughout the novel, which one of the many reasons why I came to love Into The Wild.