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By On February 12th, 2007

Loneliness caused by isolation

Loneliness is something that we all deal with from time to time. People that are not willing to be vulnerable in relationships with others generally lead lifestyles that are continually isolated or distanced causing loneliness. The fact is, however, that people are wired for relationships. It is part of our internal make-up. Relationship is the most instrumental tool for relieving loneliness. Forming intimate relationships takes sacrifice, compromise, putting others before yourself and mutual respect. The following is an excerpt of an article written by Dr. Richard D. Dobbins entitled Intimate Friendships Can Cure Loneliness:

Only intimate friendships can cure our loneliness. When we are about 8 or 9 years of age, we begin to long for that kind of a close relationship with another person.

This longing for intimacy creates a desperate search on the part of the child for a close friend, a buddy, or a chum. Although this level of friendship creates the capacity for greater and greater levels of intimacy, it also increases the likelihood of greater levels of loneliness when we face separation from an intimate friend, or worse yet, the loss of an intimate friend. In fact, the termination of an intimate relationship — through death or separation — is one of the most traumatic experiences of life.

Intimacy and loneliness are forever wrapped together in life. Intimacy involves two people who are capable of relating to each other in supportive and helpful ways. Each of them is secure enough to share his or her wholeness with the other.

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