Loneliness is a common and extensive experience that has raised in every people lives. Most people have experienced Loneliness at any point of time. Loneliness is an important concept in Psychology.
"Loneliness is a feeling of social disconnectedness in which a person wishes that he or she had better social relationships".
The above definition for loneliness describes that it is not same as aloneness. Both have a difference and quality in it. Loneliness defines that, difference between the current quality of one's social relationships and the aim of one's social relationships.
THE EXPERIENCE OF LONELINESS:
Elements of Loneliness:
They are many possible feelings linked to loneliness.Mikluciner and Segal supervised some measures of loneliness and asked the participants to tell their loneliness they have experienced in their lives.It listed to a number of feelings which include:
*Self – Pity(32%)
*No one understood their feelings(17%)
*Rejection in their lives(18%)
POSSIBLE CAUSES OF LONELINESS:
There are many possible causes of loneliness, few among them are;
*Situational which occurs when we move to new location or having a job that requires you to work for many hours.
*Personal loneliness is due to both situational and personal variables.
*Shyness was positively correlated with loneliness said Mehrabian and Stefl. Also it is said that greater shyness was associated with greater loneliness.
*In 1985 Stokes found that loneliness was negatively correlated with the frequency of receiving supportive behaviors.
*In 1993 Bell found that emotional loneliness was negatively correlated with the perceived similarity of one's interest in ideas with friends and colleague.
LONELINESS AND SELF–REFLECTION:
Self–Reflection is a path which also deals with people who have been in loneliness. In 1990 Rokach said that self–Reflection was a strategy that people reported handling with loneliness. Self–Reflection can also be viewed as growth in personal life.