Loneliness Can Kill, Literally

April 10, 2015 3:26 PM

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Lately, I've been plagued by a disturbing sense of anomie, a crosshatch of yearning, isolation and lack. The psychologist in me has been trying to identify precisely what this feeling is. Grief? Boredom? Emptiness? A combination of all three?

As it turns out, it's loneliness. This sensation is deeply unpleasant, and it can be deadly. A review study published this month in Perspectives in Psychological Science found that loneliness was predictive of death, particularly for people under the age of 65. The paper synthesized the findings fro...

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