Can you be alone without being lonely? Or lonely without being alone? I would say yes on both counts, Google gives this as the primary definition of lonely: “sad because one has no friends or company.” A secondary definition is “without companions; solitary.” For both definitions “alone” is listed as a synonym. Google’s definition of […]
A therapist years ago did a great job comparing alone vs. being lonely. Shame I don’t remember enough of the details, but she made the point you can feel lonely in a roomful of people and not feel lonely when you are by yourself.