We Were Created To Be In Community With Other People
There is a scripture in the Bible that says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” You don’t have to be a Bible person to appreciate the wisdom here. As human beings, social connections are a critical component of our well-being. If left alone without human contact, studies have shown that we can go insane or die.
“Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need — crucial to both well-being and survival,” said Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad in an article written for the American Psychological Association. “Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die, and indeed, social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment.”
Babies need love and attention to grow. It is critical to their development. Solitary confinement is used as a punishment because inmates thrive on connections with other inmates. It is what makes their incarceration bearable. Without daily interaction with other human beings, those locked away in a cell alone for an extended period of time quite literally lose their minds.
Okay, we get the fact that you are not a baby or an inmate! You’re a strong woman and you may think that you are doing just fine on your own, thank you very much! But, we point out these extreme examples to prove that nothing great comes from being alone for too long.