Feeling Isolated Sucks

Isolation is harmful

Emotional isolation is a complex set of feelings and actions. It’s that sense of loneliness, or of not belonging, that we get when we feel ignored, invisible, or like we don’t matter.

If we don’t have a voice (meaning that we don’t have a “say” in a decision-making process, or if we do speak up, our input doesn’t count) we may feel alone, separated, or isolated from others.

Isolation feels like disconnectedness, being unattached, singular, on our own, forever-solo. And we can feel that way even when we’re not physically alone. There have been times that I’ve felt isolated in a room full of people!

Our isolation can make us feel as though we’re unimportant to everyone and that we matter to no one, sometimes not even to ourselves.

What leads to isolation?

When we intentionally (or unintentionally) withdraw or cocoon, or we don’t respond when others reach out to us, (or WE don’t reach out) we are cutting ourselves off from humanity.  When we live inside our heads, not sharing our thoughts or feelings, we’re actually practicing an act of isolation. Isolating in this way is a type of numbing, a kind of “hiding” from ourselves or from reality. Sometimes it’s connected with denial.

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What to do if you feel isolated
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Isolation is a complex set of feelings and/or actions. It’s the sense of loneliness or of not belonging that we get when we feel ignored, shut-out, invisible, or like we don’t matter. If we don’t have a voice (meaning that we don’t have a “say” in a decision-making process, or if we do speak up, our input doesn’t count) we may feel alone, set apart, and separated from others. Isolation feels like disconnectedness, of being unplugged, unattached, singular, on our own, forever solo. We can feel that way even when we’re not alone. I have actually felt isolated in a room full of people! Isolation can feel as though we’re unimportant to everyone and that we matter to no-one, sometimes not even to ourselves. When we intentionally (or unintentionally) withdraw or cocoon, or we don’t respond when others’ reach out to us, (or we don’t reach out) we are cutting ourselves off from the rest of humanity. When we live inside of our heads, by not sharing our thoughts and feelings, we are practicing an act of isolation. Isolating is a type of numbing, a kind of hiding from ourselves or from reality, and it can be connected with denial.
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