If you feel lonely, you're not alone.
We all feel lonely at times. Perhaps you felt isolated or alone in your family of origin—and still do. Maybe you experience loneliness within your peer group or work environment. You may want a close relationship with a friend or partner but don’t know how to reach out or get closer emotionally.
There is a stigma in admitting to feelings of loneliness, and if we lack meaningful connection to the people in our everyday lives, we may conclude that there’s something wrong with us, that we are somehow unlikeable or unlovable.