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The Lonely Student


I went to university a long time ago. I still remember the sense of anticipation and adventure. Living away from home, meeting new people, and, oh yes..studying. When you start university, there is a mad scramble for friends. It’s not overt, but it pays to get out there in the first week or so meeting people and being sociable. It’s not something that comes naturally to everybody (certainly...

Living Alone – Freedom or Imprisonment?


Freedom – unbounded liberty to do as you please in your own home, unfettered by nagging, judgement or disapproval. Complete majestic dominion over the kingdom of your patch. But is being the king or queen of the castle always what it’s cracked up to be? Imagine being in the room that you’re in now, and everything in it, save for the chair that you may be sitting on, spontaneously disappears...

Why is it so hard to make new friends as adults?


“Do you want to be my friend?” is a question that many young children have no problem with asking in the school playground. There is an innate understanding in children that “we must play” and that playing on your own isn’t nearly as much fun as playing with somebody else. So children get from A to B very quickly, “let’s play and be friends”. Fast forward into adulthood. Responsibility, work and...

Is loneliness the new cool?


Being over 75 and living in the UK can be a lonely affair. The children left home years ago, you may have outlived your spouse or been the casualty of a relationship breakdown from years back, and your health may not be what it used to be which may affect mobility. It’s no wonder then that loneliness amongst the elderly has, quite rightly, garnered a lot of attention over recent years with...

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