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The Lonely Screams: Understanding the Complex World of the Lonely Paperback – May 18, 2011
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Sean Seepersad has been teaching, researching, and working with lonely individuals over the past decade. Currently he runs the Web of Loneliness website, dedicated to providing information and support for those who feel lonely. For his PhD, he developed, implemented, and evaluated a loneliness intervention program, which showed moderate success in reducing feelings of loneliness. The book, The Lonely Screams, is an extension of the Web of Loneliness website. In addition to the 18 autobiographical stories of loneliness, it contains insights into loneliness from the experiences the author has in working with those who feel lonely. The book represents a first step into developing a comprehensive program to help those who feel lonely. Part of the sales from this book will be used to fund outreach programs for lonely individuals.
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As such, for me, I found solace in that some of the experiences mirrored my own and I was able to take away from the story and the thoughts of the author some ideas on how to approach my own situations.
Others have taken away from this some kind of idea that other people are suffering as they are and therefore they are not alone. I didn't get that feeling, but that is likely just me.
Loneliness is one of the most heartbreaking things a person can feel, and to read 18 very different, very personal accounts of how lives have been affected by it is nearly overwhelming. How each person finds themselves in the same place, though the paths that led them there are intriguing in their dissimilarities, is nothing short of a revelation. Sean Seepersad has compiled some of the most touching, revealing and heart-wrenching accounts of loneliness, and gives the reader a better understanding of the working of the human mind - and heart.
Truly an inspiring book, and a must-read for anyone trying to find their place in a world that can at times be so lonely.
Level of english also simple. The writings were clear, and understandable.
However, the main author only gave review which mention about the cause and try to match the consequences. Barely any suggestion or guidance was given to reader for the specific case. Maybe the aim of this book is only to represent and describe various loneliness faced by others.
But for me, it really helps me to feel that i am not the only one who sometimes facing the loneliness in my life. I am glad to think that loneliness is not only a friend of mine.
What is clear is loneliness is part of life in all social circles. The takeaway seems to be the root causes may be more related to environment and upbringing but whether or not those telling their tales are successful in lifting themselves out of the cycle seems to be more of support system, desire, courage and resolve.
What was most interesting to me were the details. Everyone can identify at one time or another with feeling distant to others, yes, even in a crowd. Some of the circumstances and relationships described were thought-provoking.
I wanted to read it to find "clues" to my own history and perhaps piece together some of my own mysteries. I did not find much but when I read a book quickly, as I did with this one, I'm obviously motivated. Unfortunately I'm still searching.
I would recommend this book if you want to feel you're not the only one feeling isolated. Perhaps it will help you feel you're not as odd as you may have thought through reading the pages of the lonely screams. However, your inner longing may continue to pine away for resolve but now you will understand you've got lots of company.