Toward a Social Psychology of Loneliness

@inproceedings{Perlman2008TowardAS,
  title={Toward a Social Psychology of Loneliness},
  author={Daniel Perlman and Letitia Anne Peplau},
  year={2008}
}
Loneliness is a common experience probably few people avoid being lonely at some time in their life. It is also a distressing experience as many individual accounts bear out. For example, in interviews with journalist Suzanne Gordon (1976) one retired surgeon commented on the loneliness of old age, that, "You are alone, people have died and you look in the mirror and you look awful . . ."; while a middle-aged woman describing her unhappy marriage noted that "There was no one to talk to . . . To… CONTINUE READING

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