How Social Identity Influences Social and Emotional Loneliness

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

Responding to Criticism on my notion of loneliness

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