Loneliness

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Understanding Loneliness Through Science

Loneliness may be a fundamental part of the human condition, but scientists have only recently begun exploring its causes, consequences, and potential interventions. A special section in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, aims to bring these strands of inquiry together, presenting a series More

  • Feeling lonely and being alone are different, often unrelated, states — some may find themselves feeling lonely in the midst of a gathering full of friends and some people experience few moments of loneliness despite spending considerable time alone. Loneliness is a socioemotional state that arises when we perceive our More

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    Lonely Young Adults See Their Neighborhoods as Less Cohesive

    Feeling lonely and being alone are different, often unrelated, states — some may find themselves feeling lonely in the midst of a gathering full of friends and some people experience few moments of loneliness despite spending considerable time alone. Loneliness is a socioemotional state that arises when we perceive our More

  • Scientists from around the world, including APS Board Member Stacey Sinclair, discuss their research on the origins, varieties, and consequences of loneliness. More

    Variations of Loneliness

    Scientists from around the world, including APS Board Member Stacey Sinclair, discuss their research on the origins, varieties, and consequences of loneliness. More

  • People who were generally secure in their relationships were able to mitigate feelings of loneliness by writing about a comfort food. More

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    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Comfort Food Fights Loneliness

    People who were generally secure in their relationships were able to mitigate feelings of loneliness by writing about a comfort food. More

  • Research shows that feeling lonely can affect both physical and mental health and it also reveals some strategies for combating these negative effects. More

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    Isolating the Costs of Loneliness

    Research shows that feeling lonely can affect both physical and mental health and it also reveals some strategies for combating these negative effects. More

  • Psychologica scientists are disentangling social isolation, loneliness, and the physical deterioration and diseases of aging, right down to the cellular level. More

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    Loneliness is Bad for Your Health

    Psychologica scientists are disentangling social isolation, loneliness, and the physical deterioration and diseases of aging, right down to the cellular level. More

  • Psychology researchers have long been interested in close relationships, but have only more recently begun investigating social exclusion. More

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    Social Acceptance and Rejection: The Sweet and the Bitter

    Psychology researchers have long been interested in close relationships, but have only more recently begun investigating social exclusion. More

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