Dissertation Results on: “How Social Identity Influences Social and Emotional Loneliness”. In my research, I tested whether or not individuals will evaluate their level of loneliness when thinking about their identity as tied to a group (in this case being a college student) versus thinking about one’s personal qualities, or two other control conditions. I found that when individuals are asked to write five qualities of being a college student their level loneliness is significantly less than the other control conditions and almost half as lonely when compared to writing down five personal qualities. Why does this matter? Recently, several … Continue reading How Social Identity Influences Social and Emotional Loneliness
I have written many articles on here about loneliness and rejection, mainly because as a social psychologist I believe that these two variables are a root cause of many of our social and psychological problems in the world. Continue reading Emotional Loneliness
To start this article, I want to begin with a simple premise: Physical pain and the pain from being rejected are the same. The human brain and the brain of other social animals reacts the same whether someone is … Continue reading Rejection is a pain – 10 ways to reduce it happening in intimate relationships.
I have plenty of friends and family but I still feel so lonely. Continue reading Why am I so Lonely?
By: Curtis Peterson © Recently I have been criticized for my views on loneliness, even though these views are deeply seated in current research on the topic of loneliness. I would like to respond to some of the criticisms I have received. For this blog, I want to take on one of the most salient criticisms I have received Criticism 1: Loneliness is not a product of an individual’s social world, but rather a disposition of a person and psychological disorders. This criticism mostly comes from individuals who work in the mental health field, and work with individuals who report being … Continue reading Responding to Criticism on my notion of loneliness
By: Curtis Peterson © This blog describes the historical development of the study of loneliness Early conceptions of loneliness associated the experience of loneliness with more dispositional and personality qualities rather than as a part of normal social motivational processes. Additionally, according to early conceptualizations of loneliness, the experience of loneliness often leads to dysfunctional behaviors. Early focus on consequences of loneliness included study of the lonely housewife and cheating behaviors (Sells, 1948) or the lonely soldier drinking excessively and engaging in sexually promiscuous behaviors (Frosdick, 1918). Indeed, as will be indicated later in this chapter, individuals who experience severe levels of loneliness can lead to … Continue reading The Historical Research Development on Loneliness
By: Curtis Peterson © I have been asked a lot lately why I think a person’s social identity would reduce a person’s experience of loneliness. So I have decided instead of retyping the same thing over and over I would just provide a link to the theoretical framework of identity and loneliness that I have developed over the past few years. Theoretical Foundation In this section the theoretical basis for the hypothesis that saliency of social identity may reduce an individual’s current subjective experience of loneliness will be explored. Figure 1 represented the combination of four formalized theories that together … Continue reading Theoretical Framework of Loneliness