"But if introverts are at any particular risk for loneliness, it could be because we set a high bar for friendship. We desire and require deep connections and would rather be lonely alone than in a crowd. But realistically, those deep connections are not easy to find, and if we get caught short and our only choice is superficial socializing or nothing, we can get lonely."

I agree completely with this statement. At this point in my life, I've been disappointed so many times by friends who fail to meet my expectations, that I currently have no one with whom I can spend quality time. Like other introverts, I enjoy spending time alone... but when I AM in the mood to socialize, my choices are limited. So the idea of a "loneliness loop" makes complete sense to me.

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