Today I want to talk about one major cause of depression and the prospect of counteracting or removing that cause. This cause is disconnection from others, or loneliness (more on that shortly). I’m basing this largely on Johann Hari’s investigation and discussion of these matters in his amazing book Lost Connections, which I wrote about … More Disconnection from Others and Loneliness: One Social-Environmental Cause of Depression
There is an aphorism by Jean Paul Sartre that values the healthy aspect of loneliness: “If you are sad when you are alone, you are probably in bad company”. There is nothing more truthful than this statement. If you cannot enjoy being with yourself, how could you cultivate broader relationships that involve other personalities, different … More Can Loneliness Be a Resource?
Even those whose worldview we find must repugnant and alienating are, deep down, also come from a place of fear and alienation. I try to remember that. And that’s at least something in common. … More Feeling Alone? You’re In Good Company
Hi everyone, Let’s talk about time with our loved ones today. People who are important for us. No one is entirely alone. We all either have some or all of our families and a few friends. But we still often feel alone. Why is that? There are many reasons for this, as nothing is one-directional. … More Just a Few Minutes will Help Feel Less Lonely
This is a movie about a doctor having to live alone with his dog in a world full of zombies (you can read more about it here). As always, I’m more interested in the psychological impact this loneliness has on the main character. Even though his intelligence is unaltered, his need for social interactions … More Movie Thoughts – I am Legend (2007)