Time on Our Side: Growing in Wisdom, Not Growing Old

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9780006380849: Time on Our Side: Growing in Wisdom, Not Growing Old

Respected psychologist and guru Dorothy Rowe examines our negative attitudes towards growing older and offers a wiser, more hopeful, more life-enhancing approach to the passing of time

We all fear growing older. Whether we are nine and dreading leaving childhood, in our late twenties and dreading thirty, or dreading being a really old person, we all share a horror of growing up, getting old and being past our best.

Dorothy Rowe has listened to people aged from five to ninety-five talk about how they view growing older, and has looked at societies where the old are revered and respected, and societies like our own where they are not. She finds that our fears of growing older far outweigh the real difficulties, most of which could be ameliorated were we to look at life sensibly – which we often fail to do.

But we can change, and we can learn to see things differently. Dorothy Rowe, as usual, offers a distillation of wisdom which teaches and illuminates, providing hope and a new way of looking at the future.

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‘Rowe’s most far-reaching book’
Linda Grant, Guardian

‘Very wise… Dorothy Rowe serves up a stimulating, well-written and illuminating read’
Irish Times

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Everyone fears growing older. While our definition of 'old' is dependent on the age we have reached, no one wants to lose the advantages of being young, or to be thought of by others as being past our best, unimportant, even invisible. What is more, we often let our fear of getting older spoil our present life.

Dorothy Rowe has listened to people aged from five to ninety-five talk about how they view time passing and growing older. She finds that our fear of growing older far outweighs the real difficulties, most of which could be ameliorated were we wise. In this warm, hopeful and much-needed book, Dorothy Rowe show us that we can change and points us towards a new and positive welcoming of the future.

"Her appeal rests on a clarity of vision, a deep-seated rationalism and an eye, like Jane Austen's, for satire. Her work…forces you to think for yourself, challenge received ideas and take responsibility for your own life."
GUARDIAN

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