The holidays are here and they’re bringing cheer! But maybe not for everyone – feelings of loneliness and isolation are sometimes most acute this time of year. So what exactly is loneliness? Are there different kinds of loneliness? Is it avoidable and can we address it? Jeff, Mona & Allen discuss the elements of isolation, open up about their own struggles with feeling alone, and share some helpful ways for making Numero Uno no longer the loneliest number. Then they play an epic first round of “Mind Meld” to foster some intimacy in addition to fun.
Conversation on Loneliness and Isolation (01:20)
Mind Meld Segment (49:04)
Spire Wearable for Mind & Body, for iOS – “fitbit for your emotions” (product)
Who are lonely? Loneliness in different age groups (18-81 years old), using two measures of loneliness (research article)
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (book)
Minecraft (video game)
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, by Sherry Turkle (book)
The Dangers of Loneliness (article)
The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (book)
9 Secret Signs of Loneliness (article)
On Feeling Melancholy (youtube video)
Mistakes Lonely People Often Make (article)
Check out episode #004, The Nature of Biblical Texts – Wholly Scripture, Batman!, to hear Jeff misunderstand the rules of our game “Missing Link”
Thank you to Mike Golin for our intro and outro music. Check out his band Soulwise.
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