“Many of us don’t like being by ourselves. Instead of savoring our alone time, we just feel lonely.
One of the reasons might stem from how our society views solitude. For instance, there’s the underlying pressure to be paired up, said Alison Thayer, LCPC, CEAP, a psychotherapist at Urban Balance. How often have you seen a restaurant table set for one?
Solitude even gets stigmatized in our society, said Mara Glatzel, MSW, a coach who helps women live the lives they deserve and learn to love the person they already are. ‘We see images of only the ‘uncool kids’ sitting alone at lunch or the ‘undesirable adults’ being those who spend their time alone, without meaningful relationships.'”