The Relationship Between Social Isolation,Loneliness & Belonging

With all this talk about social isolation;

Sooner or later you’re going to come across the word loneliness

These two words are used interchangeably but they’re not the same thing

Do you know what the opposite of loneliness is?

Apparently it’s belonging,

That’s a word that gets thrown around a lot these days but we think it’s often misrepresented.

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re having a shared experience but it’s got much greater implications than many of us realise

This is the third and final part of a three-part series about what social exclusion means for Diversity and Inclusion

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

Why Loneliness is Misunderstood

“It’s possible to feel lonely while among other people, and you can be alone yet not feel lonely”

The Difference between Social Isolation and Loneliness

“social isolation is not loneliness and loneliness is not social isolation. 

Not everyone who is socially isolated is lonely and not everyone who is lonely is socially isolated”

Why Social Exclusion May Lead to Loneliness

“If you’re an individual that is being socially excluded, ie socially isolated against your will, we don’t need the research to recognise that that person may have an unpleasant experience”


How Social Exclusion Can Lead To Social Inclusion

Why Social Isolation Is Not A New Experience In the Workplace

 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears Of A Clown

Health Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness

The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships: Chapter 27 Loneliness and Social Isolation




The Elements of Inclusion #4