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By: TheAbsoluteTruth

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:01:52 +0000

The way i look at it Cancer kills quicker and much faster but Loneliness is a very Painful And Slow death, especially for many of us Single good men out there looking for a Good woman to share our life with instead of being all Alone and having no one.

By: Annie

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 03:20:31 +0000

I read somewhere that introverted people may find social settings more stressful because they have a heightened sense of arousal compared to extroverted people. I would be interested to find out if there is any correlation between the epinephrine levels of the lonely people and perhaps differences in hormone levels among introverts/extroverts. Is the loneliness causing the heightened arousal, or is the loneliness a by-product of a natural sensitivity to intense social interaction caused by higher levels of epinephrine or other hormones? I believe the value of this research is the fact that it shows a physical, real difference and possible cause or by-product of loneliness that is just dying to be researched more thoroughly.

By: Dude

Thu, 22 Nov 2007 05:14:02 +0000

It depends on the individual. For social and outgoing people, they need to be around people. For people like me, loners, we are more concerned with thinking and not socializing. Some of the greatest people in the world are or were introverts. I don't like people assuming that introverts are unbalance lunatics. Assuming makes an ass of u and me. Extroverts are needy and dependant. Introverts are strong and independent, as long as the introversion isn't forced or a result of mental illness. To end this I have a quote by Aristotle and then some links. "He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god."-Aristotle.;;;

By: Kelly McGonigal

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 20:48:56 +0000

I think part of the value of such research (caveat: I also have conducted research on social support/close relationships) is on changing how people view the value of social connection. People often sacrifice the things they think are luxuries -- like going out of the way to have lunch with friends or invite people over to their home. Socializing isn't viewed, in our culture, as an important contributor to mental and physical health. We can try to communicate its fundamental importance, like public health is trying to do with physical exercise.


Wed, 22 Aug 2007 00:55:56 +0000

Adolesents going into 'conversion reactions' who preferred lonliess was offered such room with TV and reading meterials in a secure hospital atmosphere. After one week 80 % found to be improving with better clarity about their issues and they were able to resolve it by themselves.

By: Louise

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 23:48:20 +0000

Good points, Sandra. Sometimes circumstances in life result in loneliness, not of the person's choice. Options are addiction--drugs, cats, whatever. Obviously, these are poor choices. These psych. articles are really useless unless there is some kind of remedy. And, plenty of people die of disease young who having fulfilling lives and have rarely been lonely.

By: Sandra Kiume

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 23:23:41 +0000

True, true. Good points, Alexandra. :)

By: alexandra_k

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 11:48:14 +0000

The value of the research might be to inspire the (non lonely) reader to go see someone they know who might be lonely (e.g., grandparents or siblings or whatever). Or... Maybe the lonely could band together...

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