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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Searching for Loneliness : The Definition

Several minutes ago, a someone I know, somewhere in the world, has just celebrated the greatest day of her life, and as her doing so, a somebody I know, has just been hurt.

I am that somebody.

Wikipedia put it better than I could.

Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is more than just the feeling of wanting company or wanting to do something with another person. Loneliness is a feeling of being cut off, disconnected and alienated from other people. Solitude is the state of being alone and secluded from other people, and often implies having made a conscious choice to be alone. Loneliness is therefore unwilling solitude.

What happen to someone living with loneliness? He will be...

  • Believing that 'everyone else' has friends
  • Feeling socially inadequate and socially unskilled
  • Being convinced there is something wrong with him
  • Feeling that no one understands his situation
  • Feeling reluctant to attempt to change, or try new things
  • Feeling 'empty', depressed, or even contemplating suicide

  • "People are often lonely because they build walls instead of bridges."

    "You are never so lonely as when you are in a crowd."

    "Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."
    -- Mother Theresa

    "Sadness is beautiful, Loneliness is tragical."
    -- A.J. McLean

    "Living with someone you love who doesn't love you back is way lonelier than being alone."
    -- A patient from Grey's Anatomy

    Oh, great! Now I know what I'm up against! [sarcasm detected]


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