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By Daniel Grippo, R. W. Alley
Abbey PressCopyright © 2002 Daniel Grippo
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All of us feel lonely from time to time. A bit of loneliness, like a bit of rain, falls on everyone. Usually the skies clear soon enough, but when they don't, it's a sign that we need to look deeper.
Persistent loneliness is a feeling that tells us our lives are incomplete or out of balance in some way. Loneliness isn't the problem—it's the symptom that lets us know there's a problem.
Anything that upsets the balance you have achieved in life can lead to loneliness. Many of life's major transitions can leave you feeling lonely, sometimes for a little while, sometimes for much longer.
When someone you love very much dies, the loneliness you feel can be overwhelming. You may feel abandoned, alone, adrift in uncharted waters.
A serious illness, especially one that keeps you homebound, can leave you feeling very lonely. The pain and fear that come with illness only heighten your feelings of isolation.
Where death or illness is concerned, a visit from a friend can do much to lift your spirits. Don't be afraid to ask for a visit—a good friend will leap at the chance to be with you when you need company.
When a relationship ends, or a loved one leaves home, you can't help but experience some loneliness, especially if you're left with an "empty nest." Pursuing a new interest that brings you together with others will help.
It's not at all unusual to feel lonely in a crowd. Remember, it's not the number of people around you that counts, but whether you feel connected to them.
Excerpted from Loneliness Therapy by Daniel Grippo, R. W. Alley. Copyright © 2002 Daniel Grippo. Excerpted by permission of Abbey Press.
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