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"If I'm such a legend, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you've got somebody around who loves you."

Judy Garland

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."
                   Mother Teresa
Loneliness is a very powerful emotion. It can lead to depression, illness, even suicide. Although it may often hit the old, sick or handicapped people, it is very common among young people too. Why?

Read how Denise escaped loneliness on this page. Denise
It is certainly true that in many countries, modern culture emphasises the individual person, and not the group or family. There is often pressure to be 'self-contained'. Many more young people live alone, often away from family or friends because of work or college. The pressures of life may not leave enough time to make good relationships.

The sex angle

Modern culture, in TV, films and books, tells us that the only meaningful relationship is a sexual or romantic one. It isn't true, but we believe it.
If we do not have such a relationship, we feel a failure. Or we try to find meaning in these relationships, but often fail. And if these relationships are private and closed, leaving no room for other friendships, then when they end, we have no 'real', 'ordinary' friends to turn to.

Dr Chris Andrew, a consultant psychiatrist, says,

"Loneliness is universal. I get a lot of patients, especially those who haven't married, who have a strong feeling of not being part of 'family', of not having connected. They feel unfulfilled, that they don't belong, and are not caught up in what is thought 'normal'."

Surprisingly, it is not only the quiet, shy, people, who may feel loneliness. It can also be the sort of person who is the 'life and soul of the party' - always joking, laughing, apparently out-going, yet afraid to really connect with others - holding other people away at arm's length. They may seem to have lots of friends, but inside they are hurting. These people have often been damaged as children by sexual or emotional abuse.

Are there answers?

Yes! You may need to work hard though! Here are some ideas to think about:
  • Remember, you are not the only one to feel this way - perhaps 25% of the people around you feel the same. So make the first step!
  • Do you have an interest or hobby? Find a group or society with this interest and join it.
  • Don't look for the answer to loneliness in a sexual relationship. Many people, especially girls, move from one quick sexual relationship to another, desperate to find closeness and meaning. The sort of people they find usually only want the sex part of the relationship, and do not offer more in return. You are worth more than this! See Dominica's story at the bottom of this page.
  • Even in a stable long-term relationship or marriage, you should still not expect your partner to meet all of your emotional needs. They should certainly meet many of your needs, because your partner should be your best friend. But you should also have a network of good relationships with other friends, giving and taking help and support.
  • It can be easy to live out our lives through the imaginary relationships in films, TV, books, or even arm-length relationships on the Internet. These aren't real! TV and film characters do not act and talk like real people! It is an imaginary world, very different from the real one. Live in the real world!
  • To be wanted and needed, is a big answer to loneliness. Is there any way you can help other people? Can you volunteer to do something? Hospital visiting, visiting old people, assist an advice centre, an inner city help program - the list is endless. Or just learn to be a listening person who can understand how other people feel, and help them. In helping other people, we find friends and lose loneliness!
  • Don't wait for someone to phone (or write/email) you - you contact them. And if they seem too busy, it doesn't mean they are rejecting you. Try another time!
  • Don't drink too much - it may take away feelings of loneliness for a few hours, but does not answer the real problem.
  • You may feel separated from other people because of wrong things that others have done or said to you, or things that you have done or said to others. These things build a wall between us. Look for a way to become friends again. Don't be too proud to say sorry, even if you feel it was mostly the other person's fault!
  • If you have been hurt as a child through sexual or emotional abuse, or difficult relationships with parents, don't bury those feelings. It is possible to find victory over these hurts.

    Other pages on this site may help.
    Specialist advice can help.

Our deepest need

"It is not good for man to be alone."

We were created to be social humans. We need people. "It is not good for man to be alone"is a key statement from one of the earliest surviving historical writings. Yet it goes right to the centre of our human need today! Do you know who wrote it?

Our relationships with each other are easily damaged and spoilt, because of our own wrong actions and selfish behaviour, which so often we cannot even see. But beyond these relationships, there is another deeper relationship which has been damaged. It is this - that God - the maker of the whole world - is a loving person, who desperately wants a relationship with you! It may be unbelievable, but it is true. God is not a power, a force, a feeling, or a distant angry ruler - He is a person, who wants to be a 'friend who stays closer than a brother'. He is the ultimate Family, the real Lover, the special Friend. What is more, He can give us a new power inside, to handle life, relationships and problems.

So many people (your writer included) have found that finding God was to lose loneliness. Do check it out, on our 'finding the answers' page. This page also gives our email address if you need more help. And read Denise's story, at the bottom of this page.

Denise's Story
Denise was a student in Victoria, Brazil, and doing private piano teaching in her spare time, when her life seemed to come to an end. Denise
I lost my boyfriend
When I was a student, I had a boyfriend for almost three years, but we had to finish our relationship. My hopes, my dreams, and all the purpose of life seemed to have come to an end. I had no reason for living, no one to share my life! I was feeling so lonely! Nothing else could fill my emptiness.

I began to think that maybe God could help me. Then someone who knew my situation invited me to go to a church, and this person assured me I would be better after going there. The speaker at the church meeting was talking about Jesus, how He would like to take my hand, and lead me all the way ahead. He said that Jesus is alive, and that He would like to live with me and help me to overcome all difficulties. I cried and prayed, "Jesus, I want you in my life. I know you died to give me life. Take all my sad and bad feelings and give me purpose for my life. Give me all you have. Guide me until the end. I give my life to you."

I realised He was with me as if at the table having a meal, or walking on the street, or in my room. I was not alone. I could talk to this special and perfect friend! And I had new friends who were Christians, who helped me, and invited me to help them on my holidays. I was able to go with them to the Amazon area of Brazil to help run a children's holiday club.

I have discovered that the real purpose of my life is, "Receive love from Jesus, and give it to other people in this unhappy world."

Finding the answers

How God can help you.



If loneliness leads you to think about suicide, please look at our suicide page. 
Samaritans and Befrienders offices around the world, offer a telephone advice service. Look in your phone book under 'Crisis'. You can also contact them by email at in UK, and Befrienders in many countries around the world. They are completely confidential - they will never tell anyone else what you have shared with them They say, "Whatever you are going through, we will go through it with you."
You can also get help at Women Today Magazine and Men Today Online and email their support address.