A recent survey revealed that 25 percent of people haven’t talked to anyone about anything important to them in six months; add to that another 19.6 percent who said they have just one confidant. This means that close to 50 percent of Americans have only one close friend or none at all, a percentage that’s doubled since 1985. Loneliness comes in many forms and exists along a continuum, from slight to profound. Many times, it’s misdiagnosed as depression. In this workshop we’ll review comprehensive research showing that there are five major sources of loneliness, some more obvious than others. We’ll explore each source and discuss practical intervention techniques. You’ll leave with a simple assessment tool designed to discern specific causes for loneliness, plus strategies to use in the clinical setting and for clients to take away.
Jon Carlson, Psy.D., Ed.D., distinguished professor of psychology and counseling at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, is the coauthor of Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation & a Life Unfulfilled.
Pat Love, Ed.D., a relationship consultant and licensed marriage and family therapist, is the coauthor of How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking about It and of Never Be Lonely Again.