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The Effects of Loneliness

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Understanding Loneliness

Physical pain alerts us to the need to take action to end the pain. Social pain in the form of loneliness tells us to end our isolation. Indeed, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain indicates that the same region of the brain is activated when a person feels rejection as when they feel physical pain. Research has found …

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Loneliness

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Understanding Loneliness

Only the lonely, Know the way I feel tonight, Only the lonely, Know this feeling ain’t right – Roy Orbison If you feel lonely, you’re not alone. Loneliness is a subjective sense of isolation – a feeling of not being able to connect with other people, a sense of being apart. As humans, we feel the need to be with …

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Breaking the Loneliness Cycle

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Understanding Loneliness

We create a reality for ourselves that determines how others view us. Other people observe this reality and use it to define us. Then they act toward us on the basis of that assessment. So, if we see ourselves as lonely people who are trapped in a cycle of isolation, others will also see us that way and will treat …

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Steps to Take for Ending Loneliness

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Understanding Loneliness

1. The first place to start is to recognize and fully admit that you are trapped in the loneliness cycle. Look at your thoughts and feelings. Do you feel that you are apart from others? Do you take a cynical view about the intentions of other people? Do you distrust others? Do you feel that there is nobody you can …

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Is Loneliness a Problem for You? A Quiz

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Understanding Loneliness

Answer the following questions. If you have more “yes” than “no” answers, you might find it helpful to start the process of alleviating your loneliness. Do You Feel … 1.That you are not in tune with the people around you? 2.That you lack companionship? 3.There is no one you can turn to? 4.Alone? 5.That you are not part of a …

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