The Truth Behind Loneliness

We’ve all felt the despairing feeling of loneliness at one point in our lives – whether it be the loss of a loved one, a break up or moving away from home. While older adults are most vulnerable in experiencing feelings of loneliness, young adults and university students are also highly susceptible. Research indicates that loneliness is influenced by both the frequency of social contact, as well as the quality of that social contact. However, psychological interventions are not as simple as telling people to have more social contact. We were joined by Professor Viviana Wuthrich to discuss what causes and maintains loneliness. She is a Professor in the Centre for Emotional Health and Department of Psychology at Macquarie University.


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