6 Kinds Of Loneliness And Strategies To Deal With It

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2. Social loneliness

This where children or adults are excluded, rejected or perceives themselves to be disconnected from a group or community.

3. Cultural loneliness

When a person feels a disconnect from their own culture or the mainstream culture so much so that they feel they don’t belong anywhere.

4. Intellectual loneliness

Where a child or an adult feels a lack of intellectual stimulation and connectedness to others or a group.

5. Psychological loneliness

When trauma disrupts a person’s sense of belongingness, loneliness can result. Because no one else can understand the trauma, social withdrawal can occur.

6. Existential loneliness

When mortality is faced by a child or an adult, an isolating sense of loneliness can develop.

Related: How to Deal With Loneliness (13 Steps For Isolated Souls)

Strategies To Reduce Loneliness

Fortunately, there is a cure for loneliness. The antidote is social connection. Here are some tips to kick loneliness to the curb.

1. Ask for help. 

Reach out to friends and family with a phone call or a personal visit. Talk about your feelings of isolation to cue in your loved ones. If you have a significant other, tell him or her that you’re feeling lonely in the relationship. Sharing your feelings helps open the door to greater social involvement.

2. Find purpose. 

Join a local community, church, or temple group that dovetails with some of your interests. Consider volunteering as another great way to make new friends and socialize. Become a mentor and pass along your wisdom to another person.

3. Seek a four legged friend. 

Consider adopting a pet. Creating a bond with a dog, cat or other animal companion can ease feelings of loneliness and improve well being.

4. Unplug from computer/phone/social media and connect in real life.

Remember to disconnect from technology and put yourself into the real world. Studies show that offline interactions have more positive social effects than online activities. Young adults and teens who spend a lot of time on social media are twice as likely to feel lonely.

5. For homebound children or adults.

In-person visits, phone calls, and old-school mailed cards from you can lift symptoms of loneliness in a family or friend. If you want your loved one to have more involvement, seek services like “meals on wheels,” “visiting friends,” “pet visit programs” as well as “reach out and read library services” in your community.

Written By Deborah Serani 
Originally Appeared In Psychology Today
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