Psychology of loneliness


Our Psychology of Loneliness report looks at how we can use psychological approaches to address how loneliness can make people think and feel.

Loneliness is an emotional response that many of us are familiar with. Loneliness can become chronic if it is seen as something we cannot change. Believing that loneliness is part of who we are, and that we are to blame for it in some way, can make loneliness harder to shift.

People often use words like anxiety, fear, shame and helplessness to describe how loneliness makes them feel. These powerful emotions can influence how we behave and can make people wary of social situations or perceive interactions with others more negatively.