Category Archives: Loneliness

Health promotion should focus on loneliness in our pandemic age

Loneliness is a subjective experience of social isolation and occurs when people feel disconnected from others. One can be surrounded by others but still feel lonely, and conversely, one can be alone, but not feel socially isolated. It refers to … Continue reading

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Loneliness in the Modern Age: An Evolutionary Theory of Loneliness

We describe the Cacioppo Evolutionary Theory of Loneliness (ETL) and its manifestations in contemporary society. The early conceptualizations of loneliness were as an individual difference characterizing a relatively small subset of the population. The ETL characterizes loneliness as not simply … Continue reading

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Battling our Epidemic of Loneliness

Recently several articles have surfaced on the detrimental health effects of loneliness, whether it be physical or psychological. Everything always seems worse when we’re sick and there’s no one there to lean on for support. This is especially the case … Continue reading

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Loneliness in the brain: cells with feelings of isolation

Humans, like all social animals, have a fundamental need for contact with others. This deeply ingrained instinct helps us to survive; it’s much easier to find food, shelter, and other necessities with a group than alone. Deprived of human contact, … Continue reading

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Is loneliness a bigger public health risk than obesity?

Loneliness can tank your mood, but can it affect your health, too? All signs point to yes. It turns out that feeling lonely can do more than make you sad: It can predict the way your body will respond to and bounce … Continue reading

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Loneliness a greater public health hazard than obesity

As more people opt to live alone, delay or forego marriage, and recede into their smartphones, rates of loneliness are skyrocketing in the United States, according to new research. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, presented the … Continue reading

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The perils of a Life in Isolation

Humans are hardwired to interact with others, especially during times of stress. On the other hand, when we go through a trying ordeal alone, a lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our anxiety and hinder our ability to … Continue reading

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On Loneliness and Companionship

A specific set of neurons deep in the brain may motivate us to seek company, holding social species together. As social animals, we depend on others for survival. Our communities provide mutual aid and protection, helping humanity to endure and … Continue reading

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