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What is the difference between isolation and loneliness?

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RadRainbow21
January 4th, 2018 9:35pm
Loneliness is a feeling of sadness or distress about being by yourself or feeling disconnected from the world around you. Isolation is being separated from other people and your environment. In other words, loneliness is more of a feeling and isolation is an action.
Strongguy
January 5th, 2018 9:30am
Isolation is wanting to be separated and alone.Its done on purpouse And Loneliness is feeling bad about being alone.
Anonymous
January 11th, 2018 5:12pm
Isolation feels like a more negative word to me, like when you're being purposefully made to be alone. Loneliness is when you're alone but not necessarily at the fault of anyone else at a time when you don't want to be alone.
PieCat
January 14th, 2018 8:19pm
You can isolate yourself if you want to be alone for some reason. You can stay away from others online and only talk to people when you have to: such as in the grocery store. You can even move. But loneliness is defined as being unhappy about being alone. It is a negative feeling. You can be isolated and happy, if you like being alone, and you don't feel lonely.
Anonymous
January 18th, 2018 6:04pm
Isolation is where you take your self from everyone else and loneliness is when you have no one to talk to
elfieee2
January 24th, 2018 5:45am
When we are isolated, we are physically/emotionally distanced from people - but this might not be a negative experience. As in, we can be alone without feeling there is something missing or void from us. But when we are lonely, we can have peers around us, but may not necessarily feel connected to them. We want closeness and feel down without it.
Anonymous
January 27th, 2018 2:30am
Isolation is when you are away from everyone. Loneliness is a feeling that no one is with you, and that you are on your own
Anonymous
January 31st, 2018 7:55pm
Loneliness is the feeling of social isolation that can take place even when you're in a public space. It is an emotion. Social isolation is when social connections are limited or absent.
quietLion4
January 31st, 2018 8:46pm
Social isolation is being physically distanced from social situations and other people. However, feelings of loneliness can occur even while surrounded by friends and family. Constant prolonged loneliness, even while around others, is a common symptom of depression.
cardology
February 4th, 2018 3:20pm
Isolation and loneliness are two sides of the same coin. You can feel lonely without being isolated, and sometimes, being alone may have a positive effect on our minds. However, isolation is very different, it may feel like you don't have any contact with anyone else, be it another person or a pet. It weighs you down, and it makes you feel unreachable. Isolation is a loneliness that has stretched out over such a long period of time that it has evolved into something else.
AshwinNaidu05
February 11th, 2018 4:22am
Isolation is being isolated like crowed and loneliness is being alone without anyone like no friends
AlisterBlain
February 14th, 2018 7:46pm
Isolation is voluntary, loneliness is uneasy and involuntary. You should know when you want to be isolated for a specific thought or do you want to be near someone. If you want someone to be around but you are not, then you are lonely.
endlesslyliam
February 16th, 2018 4:10pm
isolation is when you convince yourself that you should be alone, or you want to be alone and that you “FEEL” like you have no one to talk to or spend time with. Lonliness is when you have no one to talk to and that you generally don’t have many people in your life. Isolation is usually directly related to what people are feeling, while lonliness is something that is not in the persons control, unless they are willing to change it.
emelieclarke
February 17th, 2018 10:27am
Isolation is setting apart. Loneliness is sadness because of no company. You can be alone — and enjoy every minute of it. But from time to time, most of us experience loneliness. It's a feeling of sadness or even anxiety that occurs when you want company. On the other hand, it is possible to feel loneliness in a crowd, especially if you aren't interacting with others.
CrossroadsFangirl
February 18th, 2018 3:14am
Isolation is being on your own for extended periods of time and not having any face to face connection with people, sometimes leading to anxiety, Lonliness is having a day or two on your own and wanting to see someone or do something, this can sometimes come from boredom
Anonymous
February 18th, 2018 6:47pm
Isolation is where you keep yourself away from others for example if they ask you if you want to go out you say no and stay in your room everyday where as loneliness is where you want someone with you like a friend you want to spend time with someone
LyricalCloud
February 20th, 2018 11:01am
Isolation is being totally alone. You can see or speak to anyone. Loneliness is the feeling that while you have company, you don’t really know anyone, no one really knows you and neither engages with the other in any kind of meaningful way.
Anonymous
February 21st, 2018 7:05pm
Isolation is more of a physical aspect, where as loneliness is more of an emotional aspect. It can go hand in hand and typically does. It can be easy to interchange these words as they can be interrupted the same way.
thewolfstays
February 23rd, 2018 5:35pm
Isolation means being separating from everyone else, loneliness means can't have anyone to have around
Anonymous
February 25th, 2018 8:37pm
isolation is what you do to yourself, loneliness is what people do to you. both are good sometimes and sometimes bad
MarcGM
February 28th, 2018 12:42pm
In my mind, isolation is a state you are in, either because you somehow isolate yourself, or you are isolated due to circumstance. Loneliness is a feeling and it is related to isolation but not completely. Loneliness is not having anyone there that can make you feel understood. So there is an overlap with isolation because it is affected by not having people around, but you can be surrounded by people and still feel lonely.
DutchHelper
February 28th, 2018 10:13pm
Yes, you can be/feel lonely without being isolated. You can even feel lonely when surrounded by people at the same time. Loneliness has merely to do with lacking the feeling of true connection with others and/or not being accepted/understood by others. Isolation can cause loneliness, but is not the only cause or reason.
beautifulDreamer33
March 1st, 2018 9:49pm
Isolation is phyisically, litteraly not having contacts and communication with other human beings.And loneliness is condition where it doesnt matter your comunication with people.Its like your soul feels empty.
Anonymous
March 4th, 2018 5:49am
The difference between isolation and loneliness is you're choosing to be isolated from others even if you have friends and loneliness is even if you want friends and get socially involved to make friends but isn't possible right now.
nicoruffi
March 4th, 2018 8:33pm
Isolation is when you choose to not be around others while loneliness is related to the lack of company
compassionateDay97
March 5th, 2018 2:09pm
Isolation is when you are excluded and isolated from the world and not always by choice. Loneliness, is a feeling that is overwhelming where you feel empty and have no-body around.
blindRainbow69
March 7th, 2018 11:29am
Isolation refers to withdrawal from people but you can suffer from loneliness even when you are physically around people.
Anonymous
March 8th, 2018 4:50pm
You can be lonely and surrounded by people. When you’re isolated, however, you haven’t got anyone to turn to.
ThaniOruvan
March 8th, 2018 6:06pm
Isolation is a choice we make and loneliness is also a choice by us or by others. I will give an example how I relate this to my life. I don't like parties especially drinks party so I isolate myself from my friends whenever my friends invite me with them. This is by choice. Sometimes when I'm sad I don't have anyone to share how I feel? and then I feel lonely. If none of my friends listen to me when I have some thing to say they make me feel lonely. That's it
Anonymous
March 18th, 2018 2:49am
Isolation is being cut off from anyone physically. Loneliness is being cut off from people while still living amongst them or the feeling that you are cut off from other people.