Do you feel it? Does the feeling of loneliness make you frightened not only of being lonely, but of people knowing it? When I talk to people about loneliness and my interest in finding a cure, responses fall into three broad categories:
a) two seconds of thinking time, then ‘wow! tell me more!’;
b) ‘oh, yeah?’ from people who have never felt lonely and don’t understand the problem;
c) ‘Er… mmm… uh-huh…’ from people with terror in their eyes, who know what I’m talking about but are scared of admitting to it. They tend to find somewhere else to be quite quickly. The first lot, the ‘wow!’ lot, want to talk about it, tell me their stories, and hear what I’m suggesting as a solution.
What’s your experience? Have you found that people are scared of loneliness?