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What is the difference between isolation and loneliness?

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March 24th, 2018 4:42am
Isolation is for a period of time. Meaning you isolate yourself in order to grief or whatever may be the reason and then you search back for people etc. Loneliness is more a status that you start being confortable in it. Meaning you don't want to frecuent with people anymore, you lose the taste of being surrounded with them etc.
March 28th, 2018 3:13am
As far as my opinion, Isolation is physical. Loneliness is a state of mind/distress. For example, a person can feel loneliness is a crowded room.
March 29th, 2018 6:51pm
isolation is removing yourself away from people, because you want it that way. Loneliness is not wanting to be away from people but these people probably have no one around to have human interaction and so they feel alone.
March 30th, 2018 3:16pm
Isolation is when people ignore you and their actions make it impossible for you to be more involved in something. Loneliness is the feeling of not having anyone around. This could be that you actually don't have anyone around but in some cases you may have people around you but still feel alone. This could be as they don't know your struggles or what you are going through.
March 31st, 2018 5:39am
Isolation is putting yourself in a spot where you are alone. Loneliness is being alone, and a place where no one can help you.
April 4th, 2018 8:00pm
isolation is a situation when you deliberately cut off from a group or a society, and loneliness a situation when you don't have any close one
April 7th, 2018 2:09am
Isolation is where you purposefully put yourself in a situation where you aren't around people and can't have contact with them. For me, this involves going to my room or taking a shower, and knowing that I don't feel well to begin with. By isolating myself I increase my sadness and feel even more lonely, but it's something that I can control. I can walk out of that room and go talk to my mom, but I decide against it. Loneliness is a bit different for me. Sometimes I can be in the middle of a large group at school and feel incredibly alone. It's like I'm invisible and the world is pushing along outside of my body. Loneliness isn't always something I can control. I can put myself around people and talk to them and still feel insecure and alone. This is just my take on the difference between the two. I hope it helps!
April 13th, 2018 7:17pm
Isolation is to cut off from the outer world. Loneliness is feeling isolated even when being in the outer world
April 15th, 2018 1:37am
Isolation can have both positive and negative connotations. We might isolate for good reasons like when we are sick. Loneliness does not mean you are isolated. You can be connected and lonely. Loneliness is more about not have quality connections to people.
April 19th, 2018 10:20pm
You can be isolated and not feel lonely. You can be surrounded by people and feel lonely. Isolation is something you do, loneliness is something you feel.
April 21st, 2018 12:48am
isolation is when you physically pull yourself away from the things you like and the people you know and love and not let yourself be seen or heard from while loneliness is the feeling that can be caused by isolation. Sometimes you can feel lonely even when being with people because perhaps you don't feel like you fit in or they don't think alike.
April 22nd, 2018 4:28am
Loneliness can occur even when a person is around family, friends and they may even have a partner. Loneliness happens when the quality of those relationships is lacking and not at the level that you'd like it to be. Isolation is being physical, mentally or socially set away from other people or things.
April 25th, 2018 8:29am
Isolation is literally putting yourself away from everyone. You “lock” yourself in your room. You don’t socialize with people, make eye contact with people, or even want to see people. Loneliness is feeling like you’re all alone in a room full of 100 people.
April 28th, 2018 8:47am
The difference is mainly your choice. Isolation is being alone by your choice, like living alone, not liking to hangout... Loneliness is sometimes out of your hands and not by your choice, like losing loved ones, not being in a relationship or not having many friends.
April 29th, 2018 8:14am
Isolation is having no one around, loneliness is a feeling. You can still feel lonely even if you are surrounded by people.
May 2nd, 2018 12:23am
The difference is that loneliness is an emptiness inside oneself and can occur even with people being around you while isolation is when your all alone and are seeking communication or people
May 2nd, 2018 11:51pm
Isolation means you’re away from everybody physically, loneliness could mean mentally alone or physically alone
May 4th, 2018 8:31pm
Isolation is when you isolate yourself from other people and do not interact with others. Loneliness is when you would like to be around others but can not usually due to social interaction issues.
May 10th, 2018 1:56pm
Isolation is pushing yourself away from others and choosing to be alone rather than being with others, loneliness is being by yourself maybe feeling lonely when others are around, but being lonely or feeling alone isn't exactly isolation because in isolation you usually choose to put yourself there or you are forced there.
May 13th, 2018 10:07am
Well sometimes people can feel lonely in a group of people. You don't have to be alone to feel lonely. That's where isolation comes. If you feel isolated it may be because of the people but it could be a choice thing etc.
May 13th, 2018 11:14am
Isolation is comunly sef indulced, is the act of not interacting with another person, at all, during a certain period of time. While loneliness is more like a feeling, you could be surrounded by people but still feel like you are lonly at the end, even if you have friends you talk to everyday or people you often see. Hope that made sense, have a good day!
May 17th, 2018 1:10am
Some people prefer to isolate them selves for different reasons, loneliness is a state of mind where you feel the need to be near someone
May 17th, 2018 5:41am
Loneliness is a feeling of sadness or distress, it's like you are disconnected from the people around you while Isolation is being separated from other people and your environment.
May 18th, 2018 5:30am
Isolation is being or choosing to be cut off from others. Loneliness can happen with or without people around. The feeling of not being understood or noticed - feeling invisible.
May 19th, 2018 5:51pm
Isolation is when you choose to be alone. This means you just need time to work on yourself and be away from people. While loneliness is being amongst many persons but is unable to connect to any.
May 30th, 2018 5:51pm
Isolation is being cut of from the world or other people, loneliness is feeling like you have nobody their for you
May 31st, 2018 9:23am
Isolation is the willingness to be separated from society and your peers. Loneliness is the feeling that something is absent and you are actively missing it.
June 7th, 2018 5:55pm
I think one way to distinguish the difference between the two is that isolation is situational. You chose to be alone, or you were put in isolation. Loneliness is a feeling. You feel alone.
June 7th, 2018 7:57pm
Isolation is self decided. Loneliness is a state of being. It is mental rather than physical. Isolation and loneliness create different feelings in a person.
June 13th, 2018 9:53am
Isolating yourself is seperating yourself from people. Loneliness is feeling sad and distressed about being by yourself and not being able to connect with others. So one is physical and the other is emotional. You can be isolated and not feel lonely, for example if you’re working on a project and you need to be alone in order to focus, you will be engaged in the project. You can be around people and still feel lonely. This can be for many reasons. Maybe you have a hard time connecting with others, like you don’t belong anywhere or don’t fit in, or you just feel misunderstood.