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From Latin alone, the loneliness is the lack of company . This lack can be voluntary (when the person decides to be alone) or involuntary (when the subject is alone due to different circumstances of life).

Loneliness, therefore, implies lack of contact with other people . It's about a feeling or subjective state, since there are different degrees or nuances of loneliness that can be perceived in different ways depending on the person.

In principle, absolute loneliness does not exist. There is always someone with whom a certain closeness is maintained, whether physical or emotional. On the other hand, loneliness in certain periods is valued by many people and, even, there are those who consider it as essential to rest or concentrate.

More than personal differences, loneliness for extended periods is usually considered as something that cause pain and dissatisfaction . That is why people tend to seek social contact in meetings, outings or outings.

It is interesting to emphasize that in various areas of society loneliness is used as a punishment mechanism. Thus, for example, prisoners who carry out some kind of inappropriate act in jail are taken to isolation cells so that they do not repeat actions of this type.

In the same way, we must not forget that in the psychiatric setting, specifically in hospitals, the most violent patients tend to be confined in isolated rooms.

The monks of certain congregations decide to live in solitude as a way to connect with their inner (spiritual) world. There are even groups of monks who, despite living in community , they don't even have conversations with each other

Examples of the use of the concept of loneliness: “I just divorced: now I want to live a few months in solitude to order my ideas”, "I'm going to travel to the countryside to be a little lonely and be able to write my next novel", "I'm tired of loneliness, nobody calls me or cares about me".

Within the musical field we have to underline that in Spain this term is also used to refer to a type of song and music that is identifying the Andalusian region. This composition usually has a marked sentimental and melancholic character.

However, within this artistic field it is also important that we establish that there are a series of songs that in their title carry the word we analyze and that have become some of the most significant of certain singers. This would be the case, for example, of Alejandro Sanz who has among his most outstanding compositions "Mi soledad y yo".

The same goes for José Luis Perales and “A song called soledad”; with the group “La Oreja de Van Gogh” and his “Soledad”, or with Ricardo Arjona and “Soledad”.

Loneliness It is also a female name, shared by personalities such as the singer Soledad Pastorutti or the actress Soledad Silveyra .

To them we could add the figure of other women who also have this name. This would be the case of the Spanish writer Soledad Puértolas, known for novels such as “Night's Eve” (1989 Planet Award); Madrid politics Soledad Becerril, who was mayor of Seville, or actress Soledad Miranda.

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