Understanding And Overcoming Loneliness

Posted on October 1, 2015

Photo: flickr

New research shows that the brains of lonely people tend to respond more negatively to social stimuli.

It was found that electrical activity in the brains of lonely people occurred faster and was more extreme compared to non-lonely people when shown negative social cues. This shows that lonely people are constantly and subconsciously guarding against social threats.

It is important to be self-aware about what loneliness does to your brain—that it primes it to be hypervigilant to threats and go into self-preservation mode. Feeling lonely might mean you need to reinterpret your view of your social interactions, says Dr. Cacioppo.

Social cognitive retraining is one way to combat loneliness when you already feel lonely—or expect that you might soon be.

Click on the link below to read the full article.


Category(s):Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation

Source material from The Wall Street Journal


Mental Health News

  • Music Therapy treats combat-related psychological injuries

    newsthumbMusic Therapy plays an important role in military healthcare, it is being used more and more often to tackle combat-related injuries. As the benefits ...

  • Causes of Eating Disorders

    newsthumbPeople who have low self-esteem or often doubt and feel nervous about themselves, have a high possibility of developing eating disorders. This group ...

  • Frustrations and Nightmares

    newsthumbFrustration can lead to a higher chance of having repeated nightmares. This sense of frustration that is usually caused by the lack of freedom and ...