Psychology

Loneliness and social isolation

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Over 2 million Australians live alone

In 1973, psychologist Robert Weiss described loneliness as “a chronic distress without redeeming features.” For those who experience it, and its sister condition, social isolation, this sentiment may very well ring true. But not all of us experience loneliness so acutely, and there are some intriguing evolutionary theories for why such an unpleasant feeling has become rooted in the human experience.

I recently wrote a couple of pieces for ABC Health & Wellbeing on the science of loneliness and what role modern communication technologies play in our feelings of loneliness. Both pieces have been spiced with some terrific video stories from around Australia, produced by ABC Open producers Daniel Schmidt, Lisa Clarke and Jo Joyce. Check them out!

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