Recluse or Hermit

A person who voluntarily removes himself or herself from society choosing instead to live a solitary life is known as a recluse.

A recluse is also known as a hermit.

However, a recluse is not necessarily a hermit.
For example, while you may crawl or creep along, this hermit is definitely not this recluse. And while you may hum or sing, this hermit is not this recluse.

And, these Hermits have lived anything but the reclusive life.

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About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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One Response to Recluse or Hermit

  1. Tim Higgins says:

    Roland,

    Your post got me thinking about another category, Curmudgeon. While a curmudgeon may be considered rather crabby from time to time and may even live the life of a recluse, it may not necessarily make him a hermit.

    While labeling people is normally a way to reduce their importance (or even eliminate it), one cannot help but wonder if they apply. Personally, I find myself striving to live up to the title of “social misfit”.

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