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What is the difference between isolation and loneliness?

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Fraz
September 14th, 2016 8:09am
Isolation is usually sought or forced upon. Loneliness is rather experienced involuntarily without external influence.
TheTripleS719
September 15th, 2016 7:51am
Isolation is when you're feeling down or upset, so you avoid people and stick to yourself. For example, locking yourself in your room or bathroom for hours at a time. Loneliness is more when you don't have the option of being around people, and there's nobody there for you.
Anonymous
September 15th, 2016 9:33pm
Isolation is when you are alone and you're not necessarily sad about it, you might do it as a choice in order to recharge or reflect. Loneliness is when you wish for companionship but for some reason you can't get it. You might be around other people but still feel lonely.
Anonymous
September 22nd, 2016 2:30pm
Isolation is kind of a choice to be alone and not have anyone around......I think loneliness is kind of more where that's not necessarily how you want it or intended it to be.
crispOcean78
September 23rd, 2016 8:26pm
Isolation is when you keep yourself from the world, and try not to let anyone in. Loneliness is when you feel like nobody is there for you, or if nobody is there for you. They are similar, but different. Isolation you bring upon yourself, and loneliness seems to find its way to you.
Godlovesus
September 24th, 2016 9:55am
both are somewhere connected a person who is isolated, either by choice or by others, often needs to deal with loneliness.
2cupsofteaa
September 24th, 2016 6:34pm
I would say that they mean the same thing but isolation is a stronger word, describing a more intense feeling of being alone.
Anonymous
September 25th, 2016 7:50am
Loneliness is the perception of being emotinally cut off. Isolation is the reality of being physically cut off.
BeyondEmpathy
September 27th, 2016 9:35pm
For me isolation is being alone and not having people in which you can be with or turn too. Loneliness can as people often say happen in a room full of people. Each can be hugely difficult painful and upsetting. Though doesnt have to be faced alone. Listeners are here to support you here at 7 cups if youd like to talk about this :)
Elvalight
September 30th, 2016 10:57pm
When you're lonely, you can be alone or surrounded by people. Isolation is when you're completely alone.
Jackalope1998
October 2nd, 2016 4:30am
That's a big question. I feel like loneliness has more sadness to it than simply being isolated. Isolation could be based in anger or even a sense of pride. Of course, it doesn't have to be bad.
Laks1
October 6th, 2016 9:19am
Isolation is moving away from everything and everyone while loneliness is the thought of not having anything or anyone. Usually isolation leads to loneliness
Angelsupporter9
October 7th, 2016 7:54pm
Isolation is when you are being left out of something and you are forced to be alone. Loneliness is when you feel like you have no one to talk to even when you're in a group of people.
Chantelly121
October 10th, 2016 7:18pm
Isolation is when a person is cut off from people, either by choice or by force. Loneliness is when a person seeks meaningful human interaction, however they do not feel they have the amount to feel involved or accepted
bbvvv
October 12th, 2016 10:24pm
Isolated is a situation when you are deliberately cut off from some group members or society or peer group. Isolation may or may not lead to loneliness. Loneliness is a situation when you don't have any close one. Loneliness can exist even if you are surrounded by friends or family but from inside you still feel lonely.
Anonymous
October 19th, 2016 9:05am
"Isolation" is physically disconnected from society. "Loneliness" is just not having found your group of people yet.
Anonymous
October 20th, 2016 6:26pm
Isolation have a cause, it's a fact. Loneliness is a feeling. You can be isolated without feeling lonely and feel lonely as soon as you leave your friends and aren't isolated yourself at all.
ChinaRose
October 21st, 2016 11:50pm
In my experience, the difference between isolation and loneliness is that isolation is when you do it to yourself as a coping mechanism, and loneliness is a result of too much isolation. I've isolated because of long bouts of depression and severe anxiety. and it seems like the longer I isolate, the worse the loneliness gets. When you're lost and in the darkness of depression, it feels like you don't want to inflict yourself on anybody, so you just ball up and stay away from everyone. All it does is create more loneliness. It's a terrible cycle, and hard to break.
Anonymous
October 22nd, 2016 5:57am
The difference between isolation and loneliness is that isolation is basically separating yourself from people. Loneliness is sadness because maybe you don't have many friends.
delightfulOcean79
October 28th, 2016 12:48am
Isolation is put yourself away and lonelinessbeing alone be away from everyone able to talk to anyone
CassieWinchester3
November 3rd, 2016 12:29pm
Isolation is when you are physically separated from people. You can feel lonely even if you are surrounded by your loved ones. Loneliness is more of a hollow in your chest, that nobody can truly see.
Anonymous
November 4th, 2016 12:39am
Loneliness is an emotion and rarely is chosen. Isolation tends to be more of a choice and is a state of being.
Anonymous
November 4th, 2016 7:51am
Isolation and loneliness seems quite similar, but vary a lot in actual. loneliness is feeling alone or spending his/her own time with themselves.sometimes you can also feel lonely even if you are surrounded with friends. Isolation is getting separated or getting isolated from people.Isolation sometimes may lead to loneliness.
Anonymous
November 6th, 2016 6:58pm
Isolation is the act of being alone. Loneliness is the will to change that. Often times, loneliness is the result of isolation.
IrregularVerb04
November 9th, 2016 6:06pm
Isolation is sometimes needed for self care, to recharge, to just be with yourself. Isolation is self-chosen. Loneliness is a feeling we don't choose for ourselves. It is a craving for a connection when we are disconnected.
originalbraveheart63
November 10th, 2016 2:41pm
Isolation occurs when you just want to be alone and you isolate yourself however loneliness occurs when you need someone but you are left by yourself.
Anonymous
November 13th, 2016 12:47am
Isolation is the state of being alone. You remove yourself from the company of other people in seeking to be alone. Loneliness is the feeling of being alone. Like there's nobody there for you, or feeling like you don't have any friends even if there are people still around you and socializing with you.
Arabella29
November 13th, 2016 7:28am
Isolation is referred to be that particular situation when a person does not have anybody or thing around. This may be caused deliberately, for instance, when someone chooses to spend some time in a place where not a single person is there or when a person is kept in a place where not many people is allowed throughout the day, for instance, in healthcare institutes, etc. A person may be found isolated when he or she has been left out of a group or similar situation and is left to spend time on his/her own. Loneliness is more of a state of the mind of a person who is actually spending on his own despite having family and friends around. When a person finds it difficult to accept the presence of people around him or her and chooses to be on their own, this is called loneliness. Loneliness is an extremely difficult state of mind which can make a person feel depressed and demotivated. Nothing will appear attractive or good enough for a person in such a situation. Isolation and loneliness are two different situations and should be dealt with accordingly. There can be situations when a person is required to spend some time on his own to calm himself or herself down after having been through an extremely difficult phase in life. Herein, isolating oneself often helps. However, when it comes to loneliness, it is more often a self-chosen situation and it depends on the person whether he or she wants to continue being in that state of mind or not.
amazingSunshine91
November 13th, 2016 7:35pm
Isolation is the physical absence of people, loneliness is the emotion associated with missing people or an emotional connection with people. You can be surrounded by people and feel lonely, and be isolated without feeling lonely.
Anonymous
November 18th, 2016 9:58am
Isolation sounds physical where as loneliness sounds emotional. A person can be isolated and not feel lonely, just as a person can be surrounded by people but still feel lonely.