Sunday, October 12, 2014

Loneliness vs Solitude


  • Loneliness is painful, negative state
  • It is where we feel alone, and cut off and estranged from other people. Thus, we may feel as if we are excluded, unwanted, unimportant or unnoticed.
  • We cam be surrounded by people we know and love but still experience feelings of intense loneliness
  • Loneliness feels like punishment or rejection. It is rooted in a sense of deficiency or inadequacy
  • It is something that depletes us, and is imposed on us
  • Loneliness can lead to self rejection, and even to self loathing and despair

  • Solitude is a positive state
  • It is where we are perfectly happy to be by ourselves and relish and enjoy your own company
  • Solitude can help us get in touch with, or engage with, our true self. It allows us to reflect on ourselves, others, our life and our future
  • Often, solitude is a springboard to greater self-awareness, greater creativity, fresh insights and new growth
  • Solitude is something that we choose. It is something that restores and builds us up
  • Solitude grounds us in who we are –and that enables us to reach out and give to others

Which one are you?

Malina Azman, x

Source: Online Counselling College

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