How is it, that in spite of being surrounded by people, a person can feel so lonely?
Researchers say that there are a few types of loneliness and one of them, internal loneliness, comes “from our perception of being alone”.
This is the kind that happens even when you’re in a crowded room, although you may have an active social life, even if you have a partner and/or loving family.
In a study on loneliness, one of the main findings was an inverse relationship between loneliness and wisdom.
In this study, wisdom was measured based on six components — general knowledge of life; emotion management; empathy, compassion, altruism and a sense of fairness; insight; acceptance of divergent values; and decisiveness.
Could it be, that we are not really as alone as we think we are? Could this emotion just be yet another lie our brains tell us?
What happens if we perceive things differently? Would we still feel as lonely?
I say “we”, but what I really mean is “I”. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt this thing that I call “deep loneliness” and I don’t know where it comes from.
Perhaps my self-awareness could use more work.