Hey hey, welcome back.

This week we discuss the big topic of loneliness.  There are many causes of loneliness, and many different ways to experience or feel loneliness.

We discuss some of these, exploring ideas to help improve loneliness caused by social isolation, moving to a new area, loss of a partner and how sometimes, the lack of meaningful or intimacy leaving our ‘many friendships’ feeling hollow.

Pennie, controversially, but also based on her couple of experiences of loneliness, believes that most loneliness is, in fact, a choice.  Not that we choose to be lonely… but we can choose to not be lonely when it happens.  She explains in the digital age and a willingness to take a deep breath and be socially brave, or intellectually curious, many types of loneliness can eventually be overcome.

Until next week,

Pennie, Jonny and Ruth

2 thoughts on “045 Loneliness | Throw Starfish”

  1. I feel compelled to contribute to (against)the ‘loneliness is a choice’ argument by suggesting a there’s a fundamental misunderstanding about what it means to be lonely. It’s not that either you are or you aren’t, and you can ‘cure’ it by talking to people. It’s that you sometimes you are and sometimes you aren’t. Or really, there’s a continuous undercurrent of loneliness that is mitigated by work/sport/social activities most of the time, but you know that you could fail to make it home after a Friday pub trip or die in a tragic accident at home, and not be missed until you don’t show up for work Monday morning! So, you can choose to use social media or not, to make plans and meet new people, but that won’t necessarily stop the experience of feeling essentially alone, at least some of the time.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment on the podcast. This is a great point, we are hoping to do another podcast on this topic and we will feed this in. Thanks- Ruth, Throw Starfish

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