Types of Loneliness According to Psychologists
1. Too Busy for Me Loneliness
There are times in your life when it feels like you’re not a priority for anyone. People get busy with their own lives and leave you feeling stranded and alone.
2. Toxic Fringes Loneliness
Worse than busy friends are toxic ‘friends’ who get their energy from belittling you or making you feel inadequate. If you don’t feel supported by your friends, or you feel you can't really trust them, they are not good friends to have in your life.
3. Lack of Company Loneliness
Sometimes loneliness can come simply from not having anyone to hang out with. Someone just to share space and be with. It doesn’t matter if you’re busy at work or are out partying every night. A lack of a quiet presence can make you feel deeply lonely.
Once you've worked out what type of loneliness you’re feeling right now, you can take steps to address it. For example, if you’re missing having an animal in your life, you can adopt a pet or volunteer at the local animal rescue center.
Make time in your life for meaningful relationships, not the ones that don’t feed your soul. Look for people you share values or interests, and slowly you will make connections that will banish loneliness.