How have you been dear readers? Today’s article is a sequel to my previous post.
According to Murphy and Kupschik (1992), loneliness is defined as a state in which a person describes experiencing an overwhelming sense of inner emptiness and social isolation. It is, therefore, an emotional state. Loneliness is more than a person feeling that they want to be able to connect on a social level with others – but rather it is a perceived sense of disconnection, rejection and alienation unique to each individual.
What are the likely causes of loneliness?
– Loss: of a love one, property, broken relationship, etc.
– Change: especially if it is unexpected or when one is resistant to change.
-Negative belief system: This is peculiar to those who are surrounded yet feel lonely because they feel they have the attention just because of their status, possessions etc.
– It can be exacerbated by psychological problem or mental illness such as depression, anxiety.
– Lack of social interaction during childhood and adolescence, or the absence of meaningful role models.
– Previous experiences such as abuse or rejection.
What are the likely effects of loneliness?
*Depression and suicide
*Cardiovascular disease and stroke
*Increased stress levels
*Decreased memory and learning
*Alcoholism and drug abuse
*Progression of Alzheimer’s disease
*Altered brain function
I hope we’ve learnt from this post, feel free to share and do share your thoughts and additions in the comment box. I long to hear from you. Next time, I’ll discuss the symptoms and solutions. Take care.
Credit: Australia Institute of Professional Counselors and abouthealth.