Loneliness Is Prevented By This Personality Trait

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Three-quarters of people
experiences moderate to severe loneliness.
Being wise protects against
loneliness, new research finds.
Wise people enjoy being
exposed to diverse viewpoints and other people look to them for advice.
Wise people are also skilled
at filtering negative emotions and do not postpone major decisions.
The conclusions come from a
study of 340 people in the US.
They were asked about any
loneliness they experienced and their wisdom was assessed.
The results showed that
loneliness tended to peak at particular times in life.
People experienced most
loneliness in their late-20s, mid-50s and late-80s.
Three-quarters of study
participants experienced moderate to severe loneliness.
Dilip Jeste, study author, said this was surprisingly high:
“They didn’t have major
physical disorders. Nor did they suffer from significant mental illnesses such
as depression or schizophrenia, in which you might expect loneliness to be
loneliness is very damaging, explained Dr Ellen Lee, the study’s first author:
“…loneliness seems to be
associated with everything bad. It’s linked to poor mental health, substance
abuse, cognitive impairment, and worse physical health, including malnutrition,
hypertension and disrupted sleep.
levels of wisdom, though, seemed to have a protective effect against
“That may be due to the fact
that behaviors which define wisdom, such as empathy, compassion, emotional regulation,
self-reflection, effectively counter or prevent serious loneliness.”
Jeste said:
“…these findings suggest we
need to think about loneliness differently. It’s not about social isolation. A
person can be alone and not feel lonely, while a person can be in a crowd and
feel alone. We need to find solutions and interventions that help connect
people that help them to become wiser. A wiser society would be a happier, more
connected, and less lonely society.”
The study was published in the
journal International Psychogeriatrics (Lee et al., 2019).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.