Have you ever felt as if you were alone in a crowd?
If you find yourself struggling with loneliness, you’re not alone.
And yet you are alone. So very alone.
I read an interesting article in The Economist about the subject of loneliness and feeling lonely. Within the article, I read this statement:
“Feeling lonely is more than just unpleasant for those who yearn to be surrounded by warm relationships—it is a health hazard.”
Later on in the same article, I read this:
They report in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that loneliness formed in clusters of people, and that once one person in a social network started expressing feelings of loneliness, others within the same network would start to feel the same way.
Maybe, you just might be interested in the entire article. If so, go on over to read:
Alone in the crowd, Loneliness is a contagious disease, Psychology, The Economist, December 10, 2009.
Then, I read another interesting article. Here are a couple of excerpts from that article:
“The best cure for loneliness may not be seeking the company of others, but rather, just the opposite: focusing inward and addressing the negative thoughts that underlie loneliness in the first place.”
“A recent … study … found … The most useful treatment was to rid people of … negative thoughts about self-worth and how other people perceive you.
Very interesting reading, indeed! Click over to read:
How Not to Feel Lonely in a Crowd, Hans Villarica, Psychology, TIME Healthland, October 11, 2010.