Psychology journals are overflowing with articles about loneliness, and have been for decades. Recently, scholars are starting to study solitude, in the sense of the positive aspects of being alone. Take a look at what we know so far.
Some of the Most Fundamental Things to Know about Solitude
Sweet solitude, Part 1: Two meanings of alone
Solitude, Part 2: The benefits it brings and the special strengths of the people who enjoy it
6 psychological insights about solitude
20 varieties of solitude
Insights from the most renowned book on solitude
Alone in the world or alone in solitude?
Are We Becoming More Enamored of Solitude?
Craving time alone, and privacy at home
The American psyche: Tipping toward solitude?
Alone: What is it good for?
Do we need quiet now more than ever?
Is this a first for humans? People eat alone more often than with others
The Living Arrangement that is the New Normal: Do You Know What It Is?
The psychology of spending time alone
(Also check out this collection of articles on living alone)
Who Loves Solitude the Most?
The badass personalities of people who like being alone
Single at Heart: What do we know about it?
How you can tell that deep down, solitude is your thing
The most beautiful embrace of solitude and single life
Odes to solitude: In the words of people who are single at heart
The deep rewards of a deeply single life
What’s the #1 source of joy in the lives of 25-39 year-olds?
What does the richest person in the world want?
What does the most powerful person in the world want?
115 years old, still single, and still living alone
Extraversion and the Single Person (it is also about introversion)
The Place of Place in Our Lives
Why would committed couples live apart if they don’t have to?
Time alone saps the willpower of people who are neurotic
Can anyone come to love being alone?
Wonderful Experiences for Lovers of Solitude
Another great thing about being alone (about the psychology of rest)
Alone together: Intimacy in solitude
Home alone: What the Gilmore Girls got right
A story of single life you haven’t heard before
Where’s your sanctuary?
Biophilia: Not a disease, but maybe the love of your life
Walking your way to creativity
Traveling Alone, Dining Alone, and Spending Holidays Alone
The psychology of being alone in public (Part 1): How do you think you would feel?
The psychology of being alone in public (Part 2): How it really feels
Vacationing While Single
6 weeks of solitude – on another continent
Paris is for solos
Travel ways of the single-at-heart
If you dine alone, what will people think of you? Part 1: See if you can predict the results
Dining Alone, Part 2: Here’s What People Really Do Think of You
Creepy or cute? One approach to the solo diner
Has dining solo lost its stigma?
More Americans are dining and traveling alone. Here’s why.
Doing things alone: Who is the uncomfortable one?
Alone for the holidays — the issue everyone wants to discuss
Are you secretly wishing for a Thanksgiving for one?
Other Topics Relevant to Solitude
How to be alone: 14 quips and tips
Quotes on singlehood and solitude
Most can’t stand to be alone with their thoughts: Can you?
Is a solitary life a shorter life? Results of a big new review
Alone in a crowd — there’s something special about it