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It doesn’t depend on external factors. It’s largely unrelated to what’s going on around us. It’s less about our circumstances and more about how we react to them.
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Luckily for us, solitude will always be a choice, not an existence. It’s true that humans are born to be social. But when we find strength — rather than fear — in solitude, we will live far richer lives: with others, and with ourselves.
We’re scared of where boredom will take us. We want to be entertained, constantly. The alternative, introspection , intimidate us. And so, we drown out our discomfort with distractions.
Technologies connecting us are actually isolating us. From the telegram to the phone to the mobile to the internet, all major cultural inventions have served the purpose of bringing us closer together. And yet, today, in a work hyper-connected, statistics report that we’ve never felt so lonely.
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We use the two terms interchangeably because we’ve been conditioned to think of them as the same state.
Loneliness is being alone — and not liking it. It’s a feeling. Solitude is being alone — and content. It’s a choice. If you can mast...
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Loneliness, according to many experts, is not necessarily about being alone. Instead, if you feel alone and isolated, then that is how loneliness plays into your state of mind.
For example, a college freshman might feel lonely despite being surrounded by roommates an...
Being alone and, therefore, forced to face our own thoughts, can prove rather disturbing. People need other people to feel well: being sociable is not anymore just a skill to develop, it is a mere condition of our existence. However, learning how to feel well while being alone is another skill at...
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