Loneliness by Jean Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
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"The noisier and more complex our society becomes, the more acute our loneliness becomes.  Somewhere...we realize that our loneliness has nothing at all to do with being among people.  Our loneliness is an ache somewhere deep inside us where we cannot reach, cannot explain, cannot touch, and have no idea as to how we might get rid of it.  We drank because we felt lonely..."

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LauraMM77:  In this booklet, Jean addresses what the emotion and experience of loneliness really is and how to begin to overcome the isolation of our drinking years.  She differentiates between “aloneness” and “loneliness”, as well as discussing how she personally dealt with loneliness in her life.  She touches on a number of circumstances that may exacerbate feelings of loneliness, such as increased awareness of our own mortality or the ennui many of us feel that may lead to despair and suicidal thinking.  As I knew that I drank partly out of a feeling of loneliness, this title caught my eye when I first looked at the booklets available from WFS.  I wanted to not be lonely anymore, so I bought it hoping for an answer.  Although there is no quick fix here, the information resonated with me.  I felt that Jean really understood this aspect of my journey and had experienced it as well.  She knew what she was talking about and her advice was therefore valid and useful.  I look at loneliness with a different perspective now.  I have become more proactive in reaching out and connecting with others, taking responsibility for enriching my life and avoiding the negative self-talk that used to often accompany my isolating behaviors.  This booklet would be especially helpful for those working on Level 2:  “Cleaning House” (especially Statement #2, “Negative thoughts destroy only myself.”) as well as Level 4:  “New Attitudes” (really all three of these Statements:  #3 “Happiness is a habit I will develop,” #6 “Life can be ordinary or it can be great,” and #11 “Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.”).

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Loneliness by Jean Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

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