Wednesday, September 15, 2010

are you lonely?

The fact of the matter is, you can be lonely with people all around you. Having no emotional connection to the people in your life will cause you to feel alone, regardless of how many Facebook friends you have, or texts you get a day. In Emily White's memoir, Lonely, she explores her own loneliness as well as others - which may help trigger what is causing your own.

Emily confessed to us that she was chronically lonely, and had been for most of her adult life. She hid her disorder from her family and friends for years. She handled her days well, focusing on her career as a lawyer. But when it came time to clock out of lawyer mode and going home, she found herself in her apartment alone on most nights and weekends.

It's not like Emily is a social misfit, she is an independent woman, with a great job - supporting herself. She has a family and friends who love her. Any other woman would be envious of her success. What you might not realize is, loneliness is more than depression, it's a feeling of disconnection from the people in your life. Emily was sick of feeling this way, so she set out on a mission - to find out what was wrong with her. She used her resources to complete her research and interviewed men and women just like her.

You'd be surprised how many people suffer from chronic loneliness - you may be surprised to find out that you do yourself. Lonely is for those of you who have ever felt lonely, even just a little bit.

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