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What is the difference between isolation and loneliness?

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December 2nd, 2016 9:37am
When you are isolated you do not communicate with other people. Loneliness means no matter how much communication you get, you need communication with the right people, while there are not enough around you.
December 2nd, 2016 12:59pm
Isolation is when you cut yourself off from society, loneliness comes from inside as you may not be physically alone but can feel Lonely inside of yourself.
December 3rd, 2016 9:24pm
Isolation is where you want to be alone in solitude with no worries in life. Loneliness is where you are alone but do not want to be.
December 11th, 2016 2:00pm
Isolation is when you're alone and have distanced yourself from people or when they have distanced themselves from you. Loneliness is similar but not exactly the same thing. You can feel lonely in a group of people too, it doesn't happen only when you're alone.
February 8th, 2017 4:57am
Isolation is when you push everybody away to be alone and loneliness is when you have an empty feeling in your heart
February 15th, 2017 2:56am
Isolation is usually more of a willingness or a want to be alone. Loneliness is more of a want to be with someon, but there is no one.
February 16th, 2017 6:56am
Isolation is keeping people away from you or locking yourself. Loneliness is a feeling you get when you feel like there's nobody but there is actually.
February 23rd, 2017 12:55pm
Isolation is when you are away from everyone but does not mean the feeling of being alone. Loneliness is when you feel like you are alone and that there is no one to talk to, you can feel lonely in a crowded room
February 23rd, 2017 7:17pm
I believe isolation to be a feeling in which you remove yourself from something, be it a situation or interaction with someone; in some cases it can also assume a negative connotation in which someone purposefully excludes you from a situation or interaction. Then we have loneliness, an emotion that can be experienced as a direct consequence of being isolated or simply a state in which you feel predominantly sad and dejected; this usually occurs when you feel like nothing is going your way or when you feel unsupported and have no one to rely on and confide in.
February 24th, 2017 2:49am
Isolation is when you are completely separated from the rest of the world, from other people, society.. loneliness is where you are still in the world, but you feel like there is no one who you connect with.
March 11th, 2017 3:41pm
Isolation is physically in nature, we may isolate ourselves from others by keeping a long distance. However, loneliness is mentally related. We may feel lonely even though many people are surrounding us.
March 15th, 2017 5:03am
Isolation and loneliness are two different situations and should be dealt with accordingly. Isolated is a situation when you are deliberately cut off from some group members or society or peer group. 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.
March 18th, 2017 2:43pm
isolation is when you may be on your own and away form other, loneliness is more of a feeling and can be experienced even when surrounded by others
March 20th, 2017 11:57pm
Isolation is being alone, and isn't necessarily negative. Loneliness is being alone but wanting company, and is generally viewed as an unpleasant emotion.
March 23rd, 2017 8:59pm
Isolation is being away from others, withdrawing from others or being withdrawn from others. Loneliness is a feeling of emptiness and it doesn't necessarily mean you are alone. you can be surrounded by people but still feel lonely.
March 25th, 2017 2:55pm
For me, I consider isolation to be something that someone actively does as a physical thing, whereas loneliness is more of a feeling. So this is how I'd define it but obviously, other people may think differently. -Isolation: people often become isolated to try and shield themselves from everything around them. They may purposely stay in a room by themselves or not speak to anyone. They don't necessarily have to feel one way or another. An isolated person may be fine emotionally about being isolated, or they may feel emotions like loneliness. -Loneliness: an emotional feeling that basically feels horrible. Unlike isolation, where you aren't really isolated so much when you're around people, loneliness can be a feeling that happens even when you're around people - because it's an emotion.
April 5th, 2017 5:09am
Isolation is pushing everyone away and wanting to be alone all the time. Loneliness is worrying about being lonely and having no one to talk to and or confide in.
April 8th, 2017 4:31am
The difference between Isolation and Loneliness could simply be defined as: Isolation: Being removed from society and people, either by choice or by force. Loneliness: Being surrounded by people who love you and care for you but still feeling that no-one understands you or that you are absolutely alone. Again, it can differ from person to person what their definitions of both are.
April 12th, 2017 9:46pm
Isolation is being by yourself, and you aren't always necessarily lonely when isolated. Isolation can be peaceful, and it's healthy to have alone time every now and then. Loneliness is feeling alone, or others making you feel alone. You can very easily be surrounded by people whether they genuinely care or not, and still feel utterly alone; because you feel they don't really know you, or you doubt their true motives/sincerity.
April 27th, 2017 12:00pm
Isolation is when you are forced into a corner with no one to turn to. If you looked at it as a level of loneliness, it is probably the highest level. Loneliness, on the other hand, covers a much larger area of this; if you are lonely it means you don't have many people to turn to but when you are isolated, you are forced on your own.
May 3rd, 2017 8:07pm
Isolation is when you are either forcefully or knowingly kept away from the world outside... On the other hand, you can be in a room full of laughing people and still be lonely without being forcefully made to do so. Loneliness is an emotion.
May 7th, 2017 7:48am
I guess Isolation is a chosen state where one person does it from the conscious mind knowing that this process can bring some relief or he can get some time to heal. However, Loneliness comes or enters life with or without choice and is sometimes causing stress n impacts life as per the person's wish n will power.
June 9th, 2017 9:11pm
I'd say Isolation is about being alone by choice - it's you wanting to be alone, not talking to others, not being Close to others. All alone. Loneliness is different however. Because being lonely means to miss contact. It means wanting to have contact to others. If you're lonely you want it to end, if you Isolate yourself you may think it's the better choice. There's forced Isolation too, of course. It would be no other than Loneliness in this case though.
June 11th, 2017 3:43pm
Isolation is the act of being aside from other people (whether you are being rejected or are deciding to do so), whereas loneliness can be seen as a profound feeling of misunderstanding and lack of company, no matter how surrounded you can be.
June 11th, 2017 11:54pm
Loneliness is something you can feel as a result of being isolated. Isolation is commonly linked with anxiety and depression and is seen as a lack of socialization with others, but you can still feel lonely in a room full of people. Most people feel lonely at some point during their lives, if you do feel lonely, seek support and maybe even read the self-help guides :)
June 15th, 2017 5:01am
Isolation is a person who wants to be away from others. Loneliness is someone who needs social interaction and has not had it in a while.
July 7th, 2017 3:41pm
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.
July 8th, 2017 9:08am
Isolation is done with a purpose. Loneliness is a feeling that you cannot easily control, and you may feel lonely no matter how many people are surrounding you.
July 8th, 2017 10:47pm
Isolation is (sometimes) willing, whereas loneliness is a feeling that creeps up on you. When you are isolates, you feel lonely. Even when surrounded by others.
July 15th, 2017 4:39am
There is a thin line of difference between the two i.e. choice. Isolation is your choice, You chose it. While loneliness isn't your choice yet due to external or internal factors, you feel lonely and not like being there.