Fran Miller Ph.D. - Licensed Psychologist

Loneliness, Alienation, Isolation and Connection

Loneliness is pervasive in our society even when we spend most of our time with other people, and it is exacerbated by the increased use of social media. Alienation is the feeling of being separate from the objective world and different from others. Alienation can also be the experience of feeling separate from different aspects of the self. Isolation is the feeling of being set apart from others without the ability to bridge the distance. In therapy we explore your personal history, associations, and factors related to loneliness, alienation and isolation. Both religious faith and the pursuit of Eastern philosophy and practice can be extremely helpful in overcoming these three negative emotions. In Buddhism, Indra’s Net is a representation of the interconnectedness of all things. The understanding and experience of Indra’s Net or inter-being in realization can lead to peace and a lasting experience of compassion and connection.