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What is the difference between isolation and loneliness?

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Last Updated: 08/07/2020 at 6:55pm
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September 14th, 2016 8:09am
Isolation is usually sought or forced upon. Loneliness is rather experienced involuntarily without external influence.
April 17th, 2020 11:30am
Isolation can be defined as a time bound step which let a person separate himself from other for a period of time. Loneliness describes the lack of social bonding, lack of friends, missing friends & family and other things where a person feels he have no one to share feelings and thoughts. Loneliness isn't for some limited time. A person can feel lonely for weeks, months, years, decades maybe he remains lonely for the whole lifetime. Isolation doesn't last for whole life. People isolate themselves for many purposes. For professional reasons, for family, for getting rid of stress people isolate them.
April 17th, 2020 10:03pm
To me isolation is a more permanent state that loneliness. It is about feeling separate either emotionally or physically from others and completely without support. Loneliness to me is more about missing specific emotional connections that you used to have in your life. Maybe you’ve recently moved to a new city or gone to college for the first time and are away from family and friends. Maybe you and your significant other have separated, either temporarily or permanently, and you miss them. I think loneliness has a lot more to do with specific people shaped holes in your life and with remembering what it was like when they were there. Isolation I think can occur after a long period of loneliness. But it’s important to note that it doesn’t have to be that way and that both can occur at the same time. And they are both completely independent of your physical distance from other people. You could be isolated or lonely even in a room full of people.
July 28th, 2016 9:15am
Isolation is voluntary; it's a personal decision. Loneliness is a circumstance. Sometimes being only in your own presence could be the greatest revelation you could have.
July 28th, 2016 10:05am
Isolation I feel tends to be something people do to themselves without meaning to. Like maybe you're invited to a party and you isolate yourself from your friends by not attending. Loneliness is more like maybe you have a lack of companionship, or you make an effort to be with friends and family, but you still feel alone.
July 30th, 2016 7:49pm
isolation is when you feel there is no one around you and No one near to talk to. You feel separated. Loneliness is when you feel like you don't have anyone to talk to
July 31st, 2016 9:14am
Loneliness can be when you just feel lonely, when truly you’re loved and supported. But isolation is when you’re completely, truly away from others. When you’re lonely, you’re feeling secluded. When you’re isolated, you’re inaccessible, remote, out-of-the-way, and completely alone.
August 3rd, 2016 10:05pm
Isolation is a situation where there is nobody for you to talk to. If you wanted to, there was nobody you could reach out to. Isolated people might not feel lonely, but naturally, many people do. Loneliness is when you FEEL like there is nobody for you to talk to. You can have many friends and still feel lonely, because you feel like nobody connects to you.
August 4th, 2016 1:40am
isolation is shutting out everybody, loneliness is being left out. that's how i see the two of them.
August 4th, 2016 2:43pm
We all feel lonely at times. We choose to isolate ourselves. Isolation can be good or bad depending on whether or not it is meant to be constructive.
August 5th, 2016 4:12am
Isolation is being being alone and avoiding social interactions by choice. Loneliness is the feeling of being alone and craving human connection.
August 7th, 2016 1:30pm
Isolation is usually chosen and you wish to be alone. Loneliness is when you have no-one to be with or feel like you don't have a choice but to be alone.
August 8th, 2016 12:50am
Well usually you choose to be isolated, so that's kinda in your hands. You seclude yourself from others, maybe for a break. And loneliness, that's usually nit caused by you. You can be with your friends and still feel lonely.
August 10th, 2016 5:12pm
Isolation is when you cannot reach people because of physical barriers, but loneliness is the feeling when you are around people physically, but feel like you are not able to reach them due to social/mental barriers.
August 10th, 2016 5:26pm
Isolation is a self induced loneliness. Contrary to the concept of 'loneliness' where an individual suffers, 'isolation' can either be construed suffering or enjoyment of one's own company.
August 11th, 2016 2:13am
When you're isolated you want to keep your distance from people. When you're lonely people want to keep their distance from you.
August 12th, 2016 12:51pm
Isolation = When you (Most of the time anyway) physically have the mental process of something along the lines of "I don't want to see people anymore" or "I don't want to interact". Loneliness on the other hand is not really of choice. Maybe because the person has no friends etc. Two very different things, but still easy to mix up.
August 18th, 2016 12:10am
Isolation is a conscious choice separating one's self away from others. Loneliness happens unwillingly; one may continue to feel lonely despite being in a group of people.
August 21st, 2016 5:51am
Isolation is when your physical body is far from reach from anyone, loneliness is more the same but in feelings
August 25th, 2016 12:42am
Isolation occurs when you are completely alienated from people. You are alone in the sense that no one else is with you. However loneliness is when you are alone even when you are in a room full of people.
August 25th, 2016 1:04pm
the first you enjoy the second you hate it the first you choose it the second it chooses you the first you get away the second others get away
August 26th, 2016 5:58am
Loneliness is the feeling and isolation is the fact. You can be isolated, but not feel alone. Loneliness is the way your brain has to tell you that you should do something about your actual state (emotions are the way your brain tells you that you should do something: hunger->eat, fear->protect yourself, pain->your tissues are being harmed... but the brain can sometimes base his asumptions in wrong information and puts you those emotions without a solid reason, that's why there are fat people, people with anxiety, etc). So loneliness is your brain telling you that you need to do something about your isolation, but isolation is not always a bad thing.
August 26th, 2016 8:06am
isolation refers to the absolute rejection of contacts with other. it is like confined in a room with high walls with no way out. Loneliness refers to the lack of companionship that gives comforts. Lonely people can still have friends and get in touch with people around them. But such contacts still do not bring them the comfort.
August 26th, 2016 4:46pm
Isolation is when you purposefully leave yourself or are left out by peers. Loneliness is a feeling one gets when they have a desire for contact and are unable to for any possible reason.
August 26th, 2016 5:41pm
These two terms may intersect in many meaning, but there is a huge difference in one aspect. The major difference is the association with positive and negative meanings. Loneliness is a negative term. It means that a person is suffering and has shortage in social interaction. When someone is lonely, he/she is not having enough social interactions and is feeling needing for more. isolation, on the other hand, does not have a negative or positive attribute to it. I person can isolate himself because he/she wants to be alone for a while. nothing wrong with that.
August 27th, 2016 7:12am
Isolation refers to a situation where a person does not have anyone, or anything, around them to interact with. Loneliness, however, is when a person finds it difficult to accept being close to others around them.
August 27th, 2016 9:30pm
Isolation is when you do not see anyone, and loneliness is when you feel alone, you can be lonely if there are people around you if you don't feel you can be honest with them.
August 31st, 2016 12:03pm
isolated is a more physical thing, you isolate yourself, other people isolate you, its the act of being forced to be alone, I used to isolate myself when I was younger in order to avoid my father. Loneliness is a feeling, you can not be isolated when talking to other people, but you can be lonely. you arent physically alone, but you feel emotionally alone. Isolation normally leads to loneliness, but doesn't have to be, and loneliness is not always a symptom of isolation.
September 1st, 2016 12:47am
Isolation is when you are on your own. Loneliness is when you may or may not be with others but feel you are On Your own with no support.
September 3rd, 2016 7:24am
Isolation is be separated from everyone, being alone and sometimes ignoring everyone and everything. Loneliness is feeling alone even when you're in a crowded room. They're both awful feelings.