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Despite having a demanding job, good friends, and a supportive family, Emily White spent many of her evenings and weekends alone at home, trying to understand why she felt so completely disconnected from everyone. In this insightful and soul-baring memoir, White recounts her struggle to comprehend and overcome her chronic loneliness, a debilitating condition that she contends deserves the same attention as depression and other mental difficulties. Interweaving her personal story with cutting-edge scientific research-as well as incredibly moving accounts offered by numerous lonely men and women-White provides a deep and thorough portrait of this increasingly common but too often ignored affliction.
Emily White is a former lawyer who now works as a writer and policy analyst. Her work on loneliness has appeared in the Guardian, the Huffington Post, ELLE (UK), the New York Post, and the Daily Mail. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Table of Contents
|UCLA Loneliness Scale||p. xiii|
|Preamble: The Visit||p. 1|
|Premonition: Waiting for the state to strike||p. 9|
|Truth: Struggling with popular notions of what loneliness should be||p. 37|
|The Long Haul: Recognizing chronic loneliness as a problem in itself||p. 71|
|Heart and Soul: How loneliness weaves its way into us||p. 101|
|Paradox: Loneliness and the mystery of the changing self||p. 133|
|Handles: Thinking about a state that feels so unwidely||p. 165|
|The Cohort Effect: How our culture is leaving us lonelier||p. 203|
|Taboo: Loneliness as the state you're not supposed to name||p. 237|
|Promises, Promises: Public and private ideas about responding to loneliness||p. 271|
|The Good-Bye Look: Listing, luck, and a difficult change||p. 299|
|Epilogue: Lonely||p. 327|
|Selected sources and further reading||p. 335|
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