I've written about loneliness before. Britain is the loneliness capital of Europe. Five million Brits have no friends. Nearly 30 percent of households in the U.K. now consist of one person. This has been called the “Age of Loneliness.” We’ve become an alien-nation, isolated from each other—and our own selves. The cup of human kindness is empty.
The December issue of Marie Claire has an article about loneliness—including some quotes and thoughts from me—in which writer Anna Moore makes the case that it is young women who are feeling the awful ache of isolation the most. “We associate this condition with the housebound elderly," she writes, “yet, in fact, the younger you are, the more likely you are to feel lonely—53 percent of the 18-34 age group compared to 32 percent of those over 55, according to the Mental Health Foundation. And, though women may seem so much better at friendships and intimacy, we're actually more likely to feel lonely than men are."
Are you lonesome tonight? You can read my 3-point plan for overcoming loneliness on the Harley Therapy site here: How to Overcome Loneliness.
The 3 steps in brief are:
1. Get to know your loneliness;
2. Get to know you;
3. Get to know other people.
You don't have to go through the process alone. To find a therapist click here or to enquire about an appointment with me, leave a message at 0207-724-3075 or email me at: email@example.com.
Loneliness among young women
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