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Life like Walden

After many years of living a very social life in a very big city I find myself living alone in a very remote part of the world. Seeking advice and insight into a life of solitude. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Avoidant personality disorder - more than just social anxiety?

I think I have avoidant personality disorder. I've never actually been diagnosed, but when you look at the behaviors and symptoms, there's really no question about it. What is my question is, can I fix it? Can I deal with it? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Is there really more to life than this?

How do I stop feeling so lonely, and be excited again about the rest of life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Happiness is loneliness... cause I can't find this mix

You may be familiar with Dj Tomcraft and his song Loneliness. I'm searching for those exact same lyrics, but closer together and the song has more... tempo? [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Jun 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Where should a single 26 year old guy look for work?

How can I decide where to settle down after graduating from grad school? I'm a 26 year old single guy and looking to plant roots. [more inside]
posted by Amistad on Jun 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me kick my TV habit, please?

I'm having problems with my escapism. How do I kick my TV addiction? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Jun 27, 2012 - 23 answers

What does "loneliness" feel like?

How does one know that they are feeling "lonely" vs "alone"? Have you encountered both and can you share how you overcame these feelings, if at all? [more inside]
posted by xm on Jun 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Lonely extrovert seeks MMO.

I'm a lonely extrovert looking to take the edge off the loneliness by playing an MMO. Which one should I play? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Mar 29, 2012 - 11 answers

How does one become happy?

I feel like my depression and loneliness are growing worse and it's starting to become unmanageable. I could use some help or some advice or something. I'm not doing so well. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Mar 27, 2012 - 30 answers

I just want to wake up like a normal person

Existential panic in the mornings that subsides shortly after waking up. Is this just another stage in getting over a breakup? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic on Mar 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Climbed a peak, now back in the valley

Doubting if I am cut-out for freelance/independent work. There seem to be quite a few independent professionals here; it'd be wonderful to hear your thoughts/experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Are there places online where I can fill this need for social interaction?

I'm an out-of-place extrovert living in an isolated location with no friends and not a lot of hope of finding any real connections in the near future, and desperately need some sort of human contact, even if just online. Please help me find some. [more inside]
posted by sockless on Feb 10, 2012 - 33 answers

How do I enjoy my life again when I feel so alone?

How do I not feel so depressed when after years of trying I still don't fit in anywhere? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Dec 8, 2011 - 23 answers

How do I make friends and start enjoying life?

I'm in my 20s and I always thought my life would be better than this by now. I'd love some advice on how to make friends and be happier and improve my life generally. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 - 36 answers

How do I adjust to being by myself?

I'm recently divorced, and I'm realizing that I have never lived alone. I've always had roommates, parents, girlfriends or my ex-wife. And, wow, am I having a hard time with living by myself. [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher on Nov 15, 2011 - 58 answers

Am I just too damn judgmental?

Why don't I like new people and how can I get over it and make friends? Long snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Nov 1, 2011 - 21 answers

Immediate depression coping strategies

I'm feeling really lonely and depressed. My normal coping strategies either aren't cutting it this time or aren't immediate enough. What are some different ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 28 answers

Keeping those summer blues away

I'll be away from my friends for the summer while working, and I'd like to pick up a hobby. I don't even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on May 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Idiot's guide to starting a depression support group

Looking to start my own in-person depression support group, but have zero background in social work or psychology. What pitfalls should I be aware of? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on May 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Melancholy loners

Melancholy movies about loneliness and alienation? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Apr 24, 2011 - 77 answers

Social Skills Training/Behavior Therapy in NYC?

I need to improve my social and relationship skills. Can anyone recommend a behavior therapist in NYC who does social skill training and takes Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 - 3 answers


I found out I was pregnant last week. My ex just told me he won't be coming with me to the clinic. I feel alone, weak and sad. Please give me some guidance. [more inside]
posted by taiscape on Mar 11, 2011 - 152 answers

How do you stop comparing your status with everyone else?

How to truly accept that it is what it is and stop comparing your life to others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2011 - 30 answers

because putting "Maybe Sprout Wings" on repeat isn't really a valid coping strategy

I've been having short, intense feelings of overwhelming despair, particularly at night. I need advice on dealing with this. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Feb 13, 2011 - 16 answers

What to do about social anxiety?

Orlando adventure update and please share some tips for loneliness [more inside]
posted by srbrunson on Feb 12, 2011 - 6 answers


I have an extraordinarily difficult time relating to other people. It often leaves me very bored, lonely, and frustrated. Why am I this way? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Can therapy give concrete help with social skills?

Unbearable loneliness is making me consider trying therapy again. I'd like to work with someone who can give me concrete help on improving my social skills. Do such therapists exist, and how can I find one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2010 - 12 answers

How did you form real friends at your 30s.

What are my blind spots, mistakes that I am not aware off. How did you form real friends at your 30s. [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on Dec 9, 2010 - 19 answers

Are meaningful relationships the meaning of life?

Do most people feel the need for permanent, intense connections with other people? Am I abnormal in my need? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2010 - 40 answers

I think my liver hurts.

I crave human warmth, but have a hard time forming relationships with people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Why don't I like people? Yes, I've tried!

This would be a fairly standard 'how do I make friends' question, except I know the reason I can't. Lack of social skills, not liking normal socialising exercises (e.g. parties), and living miles from anywhere are part of it, but before I get to those problems I have this one: I don't like anybody. Seriously, this is an even bigger problem than people not liking me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 - 32 answers

What is interesting about cleaning?

Calling everyone who gets easily bored. How do you clean your house? How do you cook? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jun 20, 2010 - 52 answers

How can I cope with strong negative emotions without overeating?

How can I cope with strong negative emotions without overeating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Color me textured!

Looking for beautiful paintings for a presentation. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Jun 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Want to date, but too much else to deal with

Never been in a relationship, craving intimacy badly, but have other issues I'm dealing with. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 - 23 answers

I would like to know how you have dealt with or are dealing with this thing called loneliness.

I would like to know how you have dealt with or are dealing with this thing called loneliness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2010 - 25 answers

Moved to a new location, still unable to connect to people

This is an update correlating to a previous post about my social problems and lack of interests in life. I moved to a new location in an attempt at clarity and change, and to some extent have gained some, but I still have a question. THIS IS A VERY VERY LONG POST, like 25+ paragraphs long, so thanks out to those who take time to read it. [more inside]
posted by formaltide on Feb 22, 2010 - 29 answers

Why is being single suddenly the worst thing in the world?

After years of being perfectly happy when I'm single, I'm suddenly frantically desperately lonely. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2010 - 16 answers

How should I move forward?

The New Year is approaching and I need some guidance on how to move forward with my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2009 - 13 answers

How can I resist the temptation to despair?

How can I resist the temptation to despair as I get older and still find myself unable to break consistent patterns of frustration in my work and personal life? (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 14 answers

All the lonely people

The world is full of lonely people. I'd like to bring some of them together... at least the ones in my general vicinity. But I need your help in finding the best ways to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Nov 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Serial monogamist goes solo...

How can I become ok - content, even - with being alone? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Nov 10, 2009 - 31 answers

I am living a wasted life. Tell me how to live.

I am living a wasted life. Depressed and stuck. I know this question has been asked a million times in a million different ways by a million different people. But I want to ask it myself, and hear what you say to me, because I am at the end of my rope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 - 57 answers

Loneliness and location

I'm heading back to the work world after studying abroad, and want to overcome my long-standing social isolation. Where should I move to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2009 - 13 answers

I was so horny it made me sad.

Depressionfilter: Help me understand a sudden increase in libido and its emotional aftermath. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2009 - 9 answers

You Are Trying To Break My Heart

What are your picks for melancholy, lonely, time-stopping and heartachingly beautiful songs? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Oct 7, 2009 - 223 answers

What's a kid to do?

I have had self-esteem, confidence, and anxiety issues my entire life. Lately, my confidence has been getting much better, but it is still very unstable. More than anything else, I want to be able to feel good about myself consistently. Is this possible, given my background (see inside)? If so, please share your success stories or advice on what I can do to feel good. [more inside]
posted by ahrara_ on Aug 31, 2009 - 14 answers

Self-destruction and the struggle against depression

What are we fighting when we fight against depression? [more inside]
posted by Aleatoire on Aug 26, 2009 - 44 answers

Ready to retake control of my life.

How can I retake control of my life and achieve my hopes and dreams with a clean slate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2009 - 26 answers

Attachment Issues

I am looking for ideas on how to make progress on my attachment issues. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Apr 22, 2009 - 39 answers

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