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


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