Did you know that the fear of solitude is called also autophobia, monophobia, isolophobia, or eremophobia? With other words, we are talking about the phobia of isolation which means that under the surface a fear or being alone or isolated exists. Those who suffer from that phobia can be not only physically alone but also just to believe or have the feeling that they are ignored or unloved.

Why do we fear to be alone?

What we know: Being alone is a self-imposed state caused by social anxiety, or enough to provoke a fear amounting to phobia – sometimes called monophobia – so bad that it can drive people to do any other activity rather than spending time alone.

What we don’t: Being alone can be a pleasure, a punishment or even a treatment.

Pleasure: In some religions to be alone means to have a deeper connection with God or even with yourself. For example, monks. Their pleasure is the result of the time they spend alone.

Punishment or precaution: Used in many countries throughout the world for prisoners accused of serious crimes, those who may be at risk in the prison population, those who may commit suicide, or those unable to participate in the prison population due to sickness or injury.

Treatment: In psychiatric institutions may institute full or partial isolation for certain patients, particularly the violent ones, in order to address their particular needs or to protect the rest of the recovering people from their influence.

Why are we afraid of loneliness?
What we know: Loneliness can also be a symptom of a psychological disorder such as depression. Loneliness can also be attributed to internal factors such as low self-esteem. People who lack confidence in themselves often believe that they are unworthy of the attention or regard of other people.

What we don’t: Loneliness occurs when a person’s social relationships are perceived by that person to be less in quantity, and especially in quality, than desired.

Isn’t though ironic to feel “lonely” in our times, especially when the meaning of connection is a lot easier than is used to be? No matter if you feel lonely or alone, it is important to know that you are never alone! A blog like this one or site like that one can support you!

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