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. Also take a look at Alone: The badass psychology of people who like being alone.
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?
Finding solace in solitude: It’s not just about introversion
Is solitude something you enjoy or a way of avoiding others?
Who spends the most time alone?
Not getting enough time alone can be a problem
Are We Becoming More Enamored of Solitude?
Suddenly, spending time alone is all the rage
We were spending way more time alone, even before the coronavirus
Craving time alone, and privacy at home
The American psyche: Tipping toward solitude?
Pure solitude, away from devices, is calming: New research
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
For evidence of emotional maturity, look at a person’s capacity to be alone
Phonies don’t like spending time alone. Authentic people do.
5 kinds of introverts and their life-affirming ways
5 kinds of people who withdraw from social life
Why true loners are awesome — and why you thought they weren’t
Single at Heart: What do we know about it?
Solitaries: Who they are and what they offer
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 powerful appeal of solitude, as described by the celebrated author Jhumpa Lahiri
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
Thankful to be alone: If I had surrendered to society’s expectations, I’d have a life I never wanted.
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
The joy of traveling alone (Q & A with Stephanie Rosenbloom about “Alone Time”)
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
What solo travelers do not need or want: Guest post by Joan DelFattore
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 for solitude lovers
When isolated people are not lonely and connected people are
Most can’t stand to be alone with their thoughts: Can you?
Are there times when you want to be alone but no one understands?
Is a solitary life a shorter life? Results of a big new review
Alone in a crowd — there’s something special about it
Oblivious, complicit, and healthy loners
ALSO SEE THIS COLLECTION OF WRITINGS, Not the usual storylines about loneliness
Alone: The Badass Psycholoogy of People Who Like Being Alone