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  • Writer's pictureMarie Murphy

140: Loneliness

Your Secret Is Safe With Me with Dr. Marie Murphy | Privately Grieving the End of an Affair

People often think of loneliness as the feeling that comes from isolation or being alone. However, being alone doesn’t necessarily lead you to feel lonely. Circumstances don’t dictate your feelings, and you can be alone and feel fine about it. On the other hand, if you’re alone and you don’t have the contacts and relationships with others that you’d like to have, then you may feel lonely.

Whether you are clear on how loneliness occurs or not, fear of loneliness is a big factor in many people’s infidelity situations. When it comes to infidelity and loneliness, there are two distinct-but-related problems. One is that as humans, we don’t like feeling lonely. The other is that people will go to pretty extreme lengths to avoid loneliness, like getting into or staying in relationships that they don’t actually enjoy.

Tune in this week to discover the role that loneliness might be playing in your infidelity situation. Dr. Marie Murphy is discussing how to see whether you’re engaging in or continuing a relationship you aren’t actually excited about in order to avoid the feeling of loneliness, the beliefs that cultivate a fear of loneliness, and how to deal with loneliness in a way that doesn’t create undesirable consequences.

If you’re ready to take this topic deeper in a confidential and compassionate environment, you can schedule an introductory coaching session with Dr. Marie Murphy by clicking here!


What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How loneliness occurs when there is a perceived gap between your desired social connections and your actual social connections.

  • Why loneliness is a big factor in infidelity situations.

  • How people often engage in or continue relationships they aren’t actually excited about to avoid feelings of loneliness.

  • Why it’s possible to feel lonely, even when you’re in a committed romantic relationship.

  • The specific beliefs that inspire feelings of loneliness, whatever your relationship status, and can stop you from making clear decisions about your relationships.

  • How to deal with your loneliness in a way that doesn’t end up creating undesirable results in your life.

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