Loneliness doesn’t always present as someone who spends their time being physically alone. While social isolation is a very real form of loneliness, sometimes those experiencing the deepest feelings of loneliness and isolation are those who seem to be the most social and popular among their peers, colleagues, and classmates. These feelings of not being truly understood, or of not having someone to talk to during difficult times, can be some of the most damaging. Sadly, they often go unnoticed when an individual appears to be quite social to the outside world.
While most commonly found in teenagers, young adults, and the elderly, loneliness can affect people of all ages and walks of life. Described as the lack of meaningful relationships, loneliness can often stem from our own feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. People who experience any form of loneliness are also prone to misinterpreting the intentions of others in ways that support their negative perceptions of themselves and the world around them. Every layout comes with the latest social features built in. Readers can easily share posts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and view how many people have liked a post, made comments and more.
Working with a qualified arts psychotherapist can assist in the development of better self-awareness and help to identify and modify these negative misconceptions. Using creative arts as a means of communication can help us to better express and understand our unfounded fears and doubts, replacing them with healthier, more balanced thoughts and emotions. Arts psychotherapy can also lead to the development of resilience and coping skills that will serve and support the individual for years to come.
Loneliness and self-isolation is a real problem that can have severely detrimental effects on both mental and physical health. If you or someone you love is experiencing loneliness or disconnection, please consider the potential benefits of working with a qualified arts psychotherapist to help reduce these very real feelings of isolation. You don’t have to do this alone.
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