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The Art of Being Alone
Loneliness has more to do with our perceptions than how much company we have. It's just as possible to be painfully lonely surrounded by people as it is to be content with little social contact. Some people need extended periods of time alone to recharge, others would rather give themselves electric shocks than spend a few minutes with their thoughts.

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Loneliness is a perception issue

Loneliness is a perception issue

Loneliness has more to do with our perceptions than how much company we have: it is just as possible to feel very lonely surrounded by people as it is to be content with little social contact.

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Olivia Laing

“Loneliness, longing, does not mean one has failed but simply that one is alive.”

Olivia Laing

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Dealing with loneliness through creativity

Dealing with loneliness through creativity

One way people have always dealt with loneliness is through creativity. By metamorphosing their reality into art, lonely people throughout history have managed to interchange the sense of community...

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The functions of art

Art has a few amazing functions and works as a distinct negotiating capability between individuals (including those who have never met and still have the power enhance each other’s lives).

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Finding inspiration in loneliness

When we face loneliness in our lives, we should not always rush to overcome it by surrounding ourselves with people.

We ca embrace our loneliness by turning to the art of others who ...

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Why we become lonely

Personal Circumstances:

  • Experiencing the break down of a relationship.

  • Comparing yourself to the apparently ‘happy’ lives of others - seeing only their positives and ignoring the negatives.

  • Not having as much social contact.
  • Losing someone close to you.

Internal Loneliness: 

  • You may find it difficult to like yourself or feel others do not like you.

  • Experiencing low self-confidence.

Mental Health Conditions:

  • Experiencing a mental health condition can contribute to feelings of loneliness.

  • Social contact may be difficult and create high levels of anxiety.

  • You may find yourself unconsciously or consciously avoiding meeting people.

Practical ways of managing loneliness

  • Reconnect with the world around you - Making the most out of social contact
  • Spend meaningful time alone - this will develop your ability to manage time spent on your own.
  • Do regular physical activity.
  • Join a club, group or voluntary organization.

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