Perceiving Loneliness

I’ve been reading some interviews with University of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo concerning his research regarding loneliness.  At the core of what I’m most interested by in terms of loneliness is the contradiction of feeling alone while being physically surrounded by others.  Cacioppo describes this circumstance below:

“Loneliness isn’t necessarily a result of being alone.  Think about a bereaved spouse and the college freshman going away from home for the first time.  They can be around a lot of people but feel completely isolated.  In humans, perceived isolation is so much more important than physical isolation.”

Read the full interview here.

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