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1st Academic draft

Loneliness can be described as a monophobia, in other words, fear of being alone. Some people are afraid of being apart from a particular person; some fear living alone or being in public alone (social phobia). Still others are afraid of being alone at home. Nervousness while alone is surprisingly common, but a full-blown phobia is completely rare. These feelings are – most of the time – relatively short-lived. ―(…) Humans are social creatures, and we do feel most comfortable when we can share our successes and challenges with someone we trust. Panic sets in whenever a particular loved one leaves the house, for instance. This fear might become into anxiety. This fear is more common in small children, generally considered a normal part of development. Many people with social phobia feel uncomfortable and awkward as if they are in the spotlight, when diming alone, for example. (…)‖ (Fritscher, n.d.) If someone suffers from depression, they may want to try to combat their fears by staying busy. Some good questions to find out if someone has the fear of being alone are: “Do you do your best to avoid being alone?”, “Do you fear loneliness and try to avoid it at all costs?”, “Do you hate rejection not to end up alone?” If the interviewed person answers yes to all the questions, it is most likely that he/she have got fear of loneliness. According to Elizabeth Bernstein’s Wall Street Journal piece, ―Alone or lonely‖, the rate of loneliness in the U.S. has doubled over the past 50 years. About 40% of Americans report being lonely; in the 80’s, it was 20%. One reason: more people live alone (27% in 2012; 17% in 1970). But being alone and being lonely aren’t the same... Loneliness isn’t measurable by numbers or bodies or answers to a questionnaire; loneliness is the perpetual state of seeking that which you so crave, that which you so need. ―(…) According to Samuel Leighton-Dore, Loneliness comes with settling for less than you deserve just as surely as it comes with reaching for that which you cannot attain. It’s incurable by company, it swells in the presence of friends; it grips you unforgivingly, from within. Loneliness is the isolation that comes with nursing a feeling unreturned — an expectation unmet. Being alone is buying a single ticket to a foreign film you know absolutely nothing about. It’s sitting in the back row, tearing open the wrapper to your favorite chocolate bar, immersing yourself so completely in the fictional love of fictional characters that you all but forget the to-and-fros of your own trivial existence. (…)And sometimes the best cure to loneliness is, in fact, to be alone.” (Leighton-Dore, n.d.)


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