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Descriptions of difference between painful loneliness and confortable aloneness

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dc.contributor.advisor Ferns, Ilse, 1961-
dc.contributor.advisor Flowers, D. M. Lake, Tracy Melanie 2015-01-23T04:24:55Z 2015-01-23T04:24:55Z 2000-11
dc.identifier.citation Lake, Tracy Melanie (2000) Descriptions of difference between painful loneliness and confortable aloneness, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study investigated the differences between descriptions of the lived experiences of painful loneliness and comfortable aloneness. Loneliness, is documented as a modern-day social problem, associated with psychic pain and suffering and myriad mental and physical health problems. Uncomplicated, comfortable or neutral aloneness, is scarce in the literature, with allusions to the possibility that people may never feel lonely. The 'essences' of the experience ofpainfol loneliness have been gathered from the literature, while the 'essences' of the experience of comfortable aloneness have been gathered interviews with five people who are comfortable or ambivalent about their aloneness. The qualitative methods of heuristic and phenomenological research have been used to interpret and make sense of the raw data generated. It was found that the subjective experiences of aloneness and loneliness are fundamentally different, and that the thoughts, meanings and realities associated with either state are similarly disparate. en
dc.format.extent 1 electronic resources (106 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Lived experiences en
dc.subject Painfol loneliness en
dc.subject Comfortable aloneness en
dc.subject Solitude en
dc.subject Constructed meanings en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject Rich descriptions en
dc.subject Heuristic en
dc.subject Phenomenological en
dc.subject.ddc 158.2 en
dc.subject.lcsh Loneliness en
dc.subject.lcsh Solitude en
dc.subject.lcsh Qualitative research en
dc.subject.lcsh Existential psychology en
dc.title Descriptions of difference between painful loneliness and confortable aloneness en
dc.type Dissertation
dc.description.department Psychology M.A. (Clinical Psychology) en

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