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Loneliness: coping with the gap where friends used to be

theguardian.com

The pandemic has forced people to stay away from each other, cramped in their rooms, with no get-togethers or nights out. This is giving rise to loneliness, and also in the inability in making new friends.

Before the pandemic, people used to join Yoga classes, jogging clubs or do volunteer ...

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  • Loneliness does not mean being alone, although that’s a big part of the problem. 
  • It is defined as a lack of connection, or emotional closeness, and a feeling of unresponsiveness. 
  • People can feel lonely while having a huge network of friends, as many celebrities do...

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Human beings are social creatures that need other people with them. 

The warmth, the care, the gentle scrutiny, the old tales of yore, all are needed to make us feel buoyant and invincible, our worries dissolving in the laughter among people who care for us.

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Our perceptions get wrapped when we are lonely. The sense of social threat is magnified, as we tend to focus on awkward social encounters, playing them again and again in our heads. It keeps us in our shells and more withdrawn from the outside world.

We also have unrealistic expectations ou...

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