7 Signs You are Extremely Lonely, Even If You Don’t Feel Like It

7 Signs You are Extremely Lonely, Even If You Don’t Feel Like It

Are you lonely? Psychology defines loneliness as “a distressing feeling that accompanies the perception that one’s socio-emotional needs are not being met by the quality of one’s inter- and intrapersonal relationships”. Numerous studies show that chronic loneliness can have a number of detrimental effects on our mental health, life satisfaction, and overall well-being. Fortunately, recognizing loneliness is the first step toward overcoming these feelings and moving forward to a more fulfilling life.

Writer: Chloe Avenasa
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