Latest Loneliness Stories

2008-12-13 16:00:00

In the 17th and 18th centuries, nostalgia was viewed as a medical disease, complete with symptoms including weeping, irregular heartbeat and anorexia. By the 20th century, nostalgia was regarded as a psychiatric disorder, with symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and depression and was confined to a few groups (e.g. first year boarding students and immigrants). Only recently have psychologists begun focusing on the positive and potentially therapeutic aspects of nostalgia, report University of...

2008-11-28 22:25:59

Nostalgia amplifies perceptions of social support, and in this way, counteracts feelings of loneliness, British and Chinese researchers said. Constantine Sedikides and Tim Wildschut from the University of Southampton, England, and Xinyue Zhou and Ding-Guo Gao from Sun Yat-Sen University, in China, ran a series of experiments that had participants answer questions related to feelings of loneliness, social support and nostalgia. The study participants included children, college students and...

2008-07-16 03:00:26

By Jones, L Gregory WITH ONE CHILD in college and two teenagers at home, I learned vicariously about "being friended" and "facebooking." My kids didn't want me to join Facebook, but relented when I told them that our seminary students were forming groups on Facebook and inviting me to participate. I entered a new universe. Little did I know how often I would be friended, or how fun it would be to discover "friend requests" in my Status Update section. I'm still a novice, but I have 181...

2008-07-10 21:00:27

By Helen Dennis Dear Readers: I recently received letters from two women in their late 60s who have concerns about the relationships they have with their adult children. From L.J.: "Our children have their own lives and families to raise. We have taught them to be independent and self-sufficient. Perhaps we are now paying the price. What do you think?" From D.Z.: "Many of my friends complain about being neglected by their children. Mine are very close to me, calling or visiting...

2008-04-22 14:40:00

Spreading rumors and gossiping may not cause bruises or black eyes, but the psychological consequences of this social type of bullying could linger into early adulthood, a new University of Florida study shows.In a study of 210 college students, UF researchers discovered a link between what psychologists call relational victimization in adolescence and depression and anxiety in early adulthood, according to findings published online this month in the journal Psychology in the Schools. Rather...

2008-01-18 11:45:00

Many try to identify with animals, gadgets, spiritual beliefsNew research at the University of Chicago finds evidence for a clever way that people manage to alleviate the pain of loneliness: They create people in their surroundings to keep them company."Biological reproduction is not a very efficient way to alleviate one's loneliness, but you can make up people when you're motivated to do so," said Nicholas Epley, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago's...

2006-08-07 17:00:00

NEW YORK -- Children who tend to work by themselves, are not very well liked by their peers, or are otherwise socially isolated may have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, new study findings show. "Longitudinal findings about children followed up to adulthood suggest that social isolation has persistent and cumulative detrimental effects on adult health," lead author Dr. Avshalom Caspi, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and colleagues write in the Archives of...

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