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There are three universal experiences that we cannot escape: loneliness, illness, and death. The Psychological Journey To and From Loneliness addresses what was termed the plague of the 21st century--loneliness. Loneliness is stigmatized in our society, so untold number of people walk around lonely, unable to do what is so naturally called for--make their suffering known, and approach others for company and support. Thankfully, loneliness is slowly, but steadily, coming out of the "closet." This book will highlight not only the experience and what can be done about it, but also the experiences that influence it (i.e., our childhood, cultural and religious influences, and our way of life) as well as the effects that loneliness has on various population groups and how it is experienced at different times in our lives.
This volume reviews theoretical approaches to the study of loneliness: the (positive) functions that loneliness may serve in our lives; the stages in life when loneliness is quite "visible" and its effects on us; the life experiences that may strengthen the feeling that one is all alone and forgotten; life experiences that we do not commonly connect to loneliness but it is clearly present in them (e.g., pregnancy and childbirth); and the approaches that are available to copy with its pain and limit its negative effects on us. The book closes with a review of how psychotherapy can assist those who need encouragement and support in their struggle with loneliness. The book is particularly suitable for academics, researchers, and clinicians who aim to help clients identify, address, and cope with loneliness.
- Presents the latest research on the development, causes and effects of loneliness
- Studies loneliness in childhood, adolescence, and middle and old age
- Outlines what can be done to limit the negative effects of loneliness on an individual
- Looks at how childhood, cultural, religious and other influences affect loneliness
Social and clinical psychology researchers; mental health clinicians; graduate level psychology students
Prologue: Getting loneliness out of the closet
1. Belonging--the Essence of a community
2. Loneliness, illness, and death: universal experiences we dread
3. Loneliness--the concept and experience
4. Loneliness, gender, and culture
5. Loneliness and technological advances
6. Causes of loneliness
7. Loneliness and life's ages and stages
8. Loneliness of marginalized
9. On love and loneliness
10. The loneliness of clinicians
11. Addressing loneliness
12. Loneliness and psychotherapy
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- © Academic Press 2019
- 9th April 2019
- Academic Press
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Ami Rokach, Ph.D. A clinical psychologist, a member of the psychology dept. at York university in Toronto, and a researcher who has researched and published extensively on loneliness, intimate partner violence, sexuality and sexual abuse, bullying and victimization, the homeless, drug abuse, and criminality. Ami worked at the Ontario Correctional Inst. for 28 years with ‘garden variety’ criminals, sex offenders, and violent, abusive and dangerous criminals, all – or most – of whom experienced ACEs, and continue to inflict it on their children. Additionally, in his private practice, Ami treats people who have undergone ACE and traumatic upheavals in their childhood.
Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Department, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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