All the lonely people, where do they all come from?

By Chris Moss | 2019-10-09 | including 1 item |
Loneliness is a slippery concept. If it’s simply an emotion we experience, it’s often hidden. If it’s an “epidemic,” as claimed in a 2010 headline in the Lancet, then it is a societal problem with which successive governments have failed to grapple. Historian Fay Bound Alberti, co-founder of the Queen Mary Centre for the History of Emotion, acknowledges these difficulties, even if they potentially subvert her book’s all-encompassing title. For how can you tell the life story of something that is as much about perception as personal experience?