Solitude in a Social World
The art and science of being alone
Virginia Thomas Ph.D.
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Virginia Thomas, Ph.D., is a psychologist whose research examines solitude and its relationship to identity, personality, and well-being. She is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Middlebury College.
This blog explores the benefits and challenges of being alone in our hyper-connected, busy lives. We, humans, are social creatures, but the world of solitude is also part of our psychological make-up. In this blog, I examine what psychological science tells us about solitude’s role in our development, from adolescence to adulthood, and how it relates to well-being and identity. Along the way, I offer insights and reflections on our varied and complex relationship with being alone and introduce practical skills for cultivating solitude in our daily lives.