Monday, February 7, 2011

solitude

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Solitude
·      Solitude is typically something we choose for ourselves
·      In solitude, we make time to be with ourselves and to discover who we are
·      Solitude provides an opportunity for renewal
·      Through solitude we are able to examine our lives and gain a sense of perspective
Loneliness
·      Often results from certain events in life such as:
o   Death of someone we love
o   The decision to leave a secure job for an unknown one
o   Moving to a new city
o   A long stay in a hospital
·      An experience of feelings set apart from others
·      Can indicate that we have failed to listen to our inner voice
Types of loneliness
·      Transient loneliness
o   Brief feelings of loneliness when there is a disruption in one’s social network
·      Chronic loneliness
o   When people are unable to establish meaningful interpersonal relationships over a long period of time
Types of loneliness
·      Everyday loneliness
o   The pain of being isolated from other people, which may be related to fears of intimacy, rejection, or shame
·      Existential loneliness
o   A profound sense of an unbridgeable gap that separates us from others, which is related to our awareness that each of us inhabits a world of fully known only to ourselves

Ways people attempt to escape from facing loneliness
·      Living an overscheduled life
·      Striving for perfect control of the environment
·      Surrounding ourselves with people
·      Becoming a slave to routine
·      Numbing ourselves with alcohol or drugs
·      Eating for emotional reasons
·      Spending many hours on the computer, watching T.V., playing videogames

Some consequences of shyness
·      Can make it difficult to communicate effectively and express oneself
·      Often holds people back from meeting new people
·      May result in feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness
·      Can hold people back in progression in education or their careers
·      Leads some individual to develop a dependency on alcohol as a way t feel more relaxed and sociable
Loneliness and the life stages
·      Childhood
o   Loneliness is an inevitable part of life beginning in childhood
o   Reliving childhood experiences of loneliness can help adults come to grips with their present fears about being alone or lonely
·      Adolescence
o   Bodily changes one’s search for identity, and the need to be accepted and liked may compound an adolescent’s feelings of loneliness
o   The price of nonconformity may be steep; Adolescents may feel all alone in the world
·      Young adult
o   How young adults come to terms with their own aloneness effects the choices they make—Choices that, in turn, may determine the course of their lives
o   Life circumstances and cultural factors also pave the way to a lonely existence
·      Middle age
o   Changes at midlife such as children leaving the nest can lead to feelings of emptiness and loss
o   Feelings dissatisfied with one’s career or life choices can exacerbate loneliness
·      The later years
o   In a society that prizes productivity, youth, beauty, power, and vitality, older adults may feel they are not needed or valued anymore
o   Loneliness of the later years can be accentuated by the losses that come with age:
§  Loss of bodily functions
§  Loss of career or jobs
§  Loss of certain hobbies
§  Loss of friends and loved ones

notes from professor.

24 comments:

  1. Jesus, the effects of lonliness...

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  2. Good share, that's actually some pretty useful information. There's a definite distinction between seeking solitude and being lonely

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  3. Ocasionally I enjoy the feeling of loneliness - but I've never experienced it in the extreme.

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  4. Wow, quite educational. Makes me want to stop spending so much time on the computer.

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  5. that's an awful lot of loneliness

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  6. Fuck. And I was having such a good day too.

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  7. Like Jordan said, this is really depressing. I didn't want to read this this late at night =(

    Very cool blog though!

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  8. I still feel lonely sometimes even when I have a steady relationship. D:

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  9. Dam I love this post man! I enjoy my solitude and i wish many people would just take sometime to examine their own lives.

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  10. Had no idea there were so many types of loneliness. Well I've always been a lone wolf but it does hurt at times that I don't know how to communicate like other people.

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  11. Makes a lot of sense.

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  12. Sometimes its good be alone for a bit. (No An hero) New Follower.

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  13. "Spending many hours on the computer, watching T.V., playing videogames" Daaamn :C

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  14. I think solitude is healthy sometimes.

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