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
Insights from the most renowned book on solitude
Finding solace in solitude: It’s not just about introversion
Is solitude something you enjoy or a way of avoiding others?
Not getting enough time alone can be a problem
Growing, Learning, Connecting: The Benefits of Being Alone
Are We Becoming More Enamored of Solitude?
Craving time alone, and privacy at home
The American psyche: Tipping toward solitude?
Pure solitude, away from devices, is calming: New research
The Living Arrangement that is the New Normal: Do You Know What It Is?
(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.
The secret strengths of people who live alone and like it
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 how they offer more than you ever imagined
How you can tell that deep down, solitude is your thing
The most beautiful embrace of solitude and single life
The deep rewards of a deeply single life
Extraversion and the Single Person (it is also about introversion)
Many old people value solitude, but even some professionals do not understand that
Time alone saps the willpower of people who are neurotic
Can anyone come to love being alone?
Wonderful Experiences for Lovers of Solitude
The powerful appeal of solitude, in the words of Jhumpa Lahiri
Another great thing about being alone (about the psychology of rest)
The joy of staying home alone and not doing anything special
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”)
Some single travelers don’t want or need special treatment: Guest post by Joan DelFattore
More Americans are dining and traveling alone. Here’s why.
Are you secretly wishing for a Thanksgiving for one?
Why some things are more fun to do alone
The psychology of being alone in public
Other Topics Relevant to Solitude
How to be alone: 14 quips and tips
When isolated people are not lonely and connected people are
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
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