How to Value Individuality and Create an Enstatic School
Chapter 3: The Science of Loneliness and Solitude: Psychological and Evolutionary Accounts
The Science of Loneliness and Solitude: Psychological and Evolutionary Accounts
I have felt lonely when my dad died and I felt lonely for a while— KIERA (aged 12–13)
Introduction: A Healthy Concern
Coming to understand loneliness and solitude is harder than might be expected. This chapter provides a broadly scientific account of loneliness and solitude, notably, the views of psychologists and evolutionary biologists. Some scientists see the suffering in loneliness as having evolved to help people survive as social animals. Others look to more individual causes. Scientific approaches overlap with philosophical and other approaches (considered in the following chapter), and the boundaries are a little blurred, but it is worth considering here how some scientists have studied the topic, their methods of working as well as their conclusions.
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