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What is the difference between isolation and loneliness?

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July 16th, 2017 3:59pm
The difference is quite simple really but also kind of sad. Being isolated means that there are no actual people around you can communicate with. On the other hand, loneliness can occur even while you're among a huge crowd full of relatives, friends, lovers... It's the feeling you get when you realise no one really "gets" you. No one understands you. It's when you feel there is no one in the world whom you can share your most sacred thoughts with. Loneliness is when your soul is left without its equal.
July 26th, 2017 10:25pm
Isolation is where you or some other person/group are the cause of your loneliness. As for loneliness itself, it doesn't always need a reason for existing. Sometimes, people just feel lonely.
August 9th, 2017 11:59am
Isolation is when others keep you away. Loneliness is when you feel from within you're far away from the rest and cannot reach out.
August 10th, 2017 3:16pm
Isolation is separation from the world either physically or emotionally and loneliness is a feeling as a result of this isolation
August 11th, 2017 3:20am
isolation is a feeling of blocking yourself out from everyone . loneliness is having no one there for you and being alone or feeling
August 11th, 2017 3:08pm
In isolation, you could be physically separated to anybody but for loneliness you could still be around people but feel alone. It's more of a psychological feeling of isolation.
August 18th, 2017 3:38pm
Isolation is when you wanna distance yourself from others. Loneliness is when feel alone even though you're around people, or when you feel like no one understand you/ care about you
August 19th, 2017 7:57pm
isolation is being alone and loneliness if feeling alone even if there are people around you but you still feel alone
August 19th, 2017 9:52pm
Being isolated is when you are remote from other people, separate from them and there is some psychological of physical barrier/reason for it. So you live in a remote area and have no transport, or you are the only gay man you know, in both instances you are isolated. Loneliness is a bit different it can be a lack of human connections in your life but necessarily that you are alone. So you can be in a classroom full of others, people are physically there but you have no connection with them making you lonely. You can also be isolated and lonely.
September 1st, 2017 11:51am
Isolation is when you are completely cut off from other people, no interactions, not even seeing other people. Like in a hospital ward, patiens can get isolated by being locked up alone in a room with no contact with others. Loneliness is when you are, for example, surrounded by people, your friends but you still feel lonely, like being invisble or feeling misunderstood.
September 3rd, 2017 2:49pm
Feeling lonely - when you're feeling like you don't have anyone - Isolation is something you usually do to yourself to be alone.
November 10th, 2017 9:05pm
Isolation is a physical experience of being alone for example being housebound and unable to go out and interact with people. Whereas loneliness is an emotion, you can be lonely even when in a room full of people it is more about having an emotional and meaningful connection with people.
November 11th, 2017 5:07pm
Isolation is being voided of people entirely. Lonliness doesn't mean you are isolated in general, it just means you feel lonely. You can be with 100 people in the room while being in a corner experiencing loneliness, but isolation is either putting yourself, or being put directly away from people in general.
November 16th, 2017 7:52pm
I look at the difference like this: when you are isolated you just take time for yourself and do not connect with others on purpose, so you probably don't feel too bad about it. But if you're lonely than you are not like that on purpose and it will hurt,
November 17th, 2017 1:43am
isolation is choosing to be alone from people and loneliness is when it happens to you unexpectedly
November 18th, 2017 5:57pm
Isolation is when you prefer to be lonely and lonely is when you're alone not by your choice but because of the people around you.
November 19th, 2017 7:58pm
Loneliness is the feeling of social isolation - and it can take place in the middle of a crowd. Isolation is the process of fact of isolating or being isolated. Feeling separated, apart from everything else.
November 21st, 2017 9:43am
i feel like loneliness and isolation can be inter linked. for example some people are put into extreme isolation and often experience loneliness from it and often feel or don't have a way out of it. simple loneliness is a feel a while isolation is a reality
November 29th, 2017 2:13pm
According to a friend, isolation is when you choose to be alone, while loneliness is when you are not okay with being alone.
November 29th, 2017 4:09pm
Isolation is when you isolate yourself and shut everything because you feel unwanted loneliness is the feeling when you are down even when you have someone to talk to
November 30th, 2017 3:41am
Isolation is when you keep or is kept away from others for one reason or another. But you may very well be content with being alone. Loneliness is when you feel alone. Like its you against the world. You can be lonely in a room filled with people. Loneliness is a feeling. Isolation is a reality, but you can experience both at the same time.
November 30th, 2017 11:47pm
Isolation is forced upon by self or external forces while loneliness is not a choice or forced upon.
December 6th, 2017 2:33pm
Isolation is when you put yourself away from people, almost like you trap yourself in a little box. Loneliness is when you are simply alone, welcoming anyone who comes to you, but not exactly taking them in.
December 7th, 2017 12:08pm
Isolation is aloneness and aloneness isn’t loneliness. Being alone is to be by yourself and not be sad about it. Rather being okay with it. Loneliness is to be alone and be depressed about it; feeling the need to have someone by your side.
December 8th, 2017 2:13am
I think isolation is more of an experience (for example, moving to a new place where you don't know anyone, or having a job that limits your ability to interact with coworkers) and loneliness is a feeling (for example, you can feel lonely within a long-term relationship if you feel like you're not being understood or receiving attention)
December 20th, 2017 11:09am
Isolation is when you avoid to get in touch, to get in contact. Loneliness is when you feel like there's no one with you, sometimes even if you have good friends.
December 29th, 2017 12:28pm
i think, loneliness, is far more dangerous than isolation, loneliness, is not connected with oneself and keep on depending on others for our survival, isolation is for temporary, to keep oneself away from world.
January 3rd, 2018 7:10am
Isolation is a choice,maybe at times our mind forces us to to it but loneliness is not.It's when we wish to have somebody there with us but nobody is there to understand,love or support.Feeling lonely and isolating yourself are both unhealthy.
January 3rd, 2018 9:50am
When you, actively, move away from contact or support, be it from a friend or a family member. I think that constitutes as isolation. But loneliness is a more broader, overarching feeling. You can have a loving family and kind friends and still feel lonely. The only way you cease to feel this way is when you decide to be kinder to yourself, and to open up to the people who love you.
January 4th, 2018 6:30pm
I'd say isolation is a cause of loneliness. Like, isolation would come first. It's something that happens to you, whereas loneliness is an emotion, a reaction to being isolated. Isolation is something others would do to you, so it comes "from outside", and loneliness is a feeling inside of you.