Two Readers Ask about Loneliness

 Reader 1 A reader writes, “My son, a university student, confided to me that he has problems with loneliness. Can you comment on loneliness, coping with being alone, and finding one’s path and values in life?” Our reader was keenly perceptive to ask about both “loneliness” and “finding one’s path” in the same question. It … Continue reading “Two Readers Ask about Loneliness”

Steps For Dealing With Loneliness

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company. – (Jean-Paul Sartre) A reader writes, “I read your article about loneliness and it made a lot of sense to me. However, I really feel like I try to follow the suggestions you make and it just doesn’t  seem to work for me!  … Continue reading “Steps For Dealing With Loneliness”

Loneliness

We have all felt its wallop. It has left us painfully miserable. And it’s more prevalent than ever. Loneliness is defined as an unpleasant, emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship. It is the lack of connectedness.  It also wanting more quality social interaction than what is currently available. Loneliness is a greater health … Continue reading “Loneliness”

How should we respond when a loneliness-triggering event occurs in our lives?

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company. – (Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905~1980) Loneliness is one of the scourges of humanity. It seems to affect everyone regardless of age or ethnicity. Whether you’re a Ph.D. or high school dropout, rich or poor, you’re equally vulnerable. What exactly is loneliness? It is a … Continue reading “How should we respond when a loneliness-triggering event occurs in our lives?”

Question of Loneliness

Loneliness Living means three ‘entities’ at play; myself, others and the Source. The Source takes part in the disguised form, the Now.Therefore the three ‘entities’ at play are myself, others and the Now. These three ‘entities’ are at play, not in isolation, but in relation.Therefore, living means these three ‘relationship entities’ at play; relationship with … Continue reading “Question of Loneliness”

We are all sentenced to solitary confinement

The title of this article is a paraphrase of something Tennessee Williams wrote: “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.” By solitary confinement he was referring to the cage or prison called loneliness. Loneliness and aloneness are not the same. Aloneness is a state of being, while loneliness is … Continue reading “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement”

Loneliness is a feeling

Loneliness is one of the scourges of humanity. It seems to affect everyone regardless of age or ethnicity. Whether you’re a PhD or high school dropout, rich or poor, you’re equally vulnerable. What exactly is loneliness? It is a FEELING that intimacy, understanding, friendship, and acceptance are missing from one’s life. It is a FEELING … Continue reading “Loneliness is a feeling”

Suggestions for Coping With Loneliness

There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-discipline (Count Leo Tolstoy, 1828 ~ 1910) Today’s article is in a Question and Answer format. The questions are raised by a third year Asian college student and are followed by my answers. Q: “I found your article on loneliness interesting, because I felt … Continue reading “Suggestions for Coping With Loneliness”