Journeys between Loneliness and Aloneness—Erin Jo Richey

I love to travel and experience new foods, but I always dreaded walking into a restaurant and asking for a table for one. I work by myself, live alone, moved to a city where I knew almost no one, and even started a company on my own—but I felt uncomfortable dining out on my own. I realised that while I was content to work alone, dining out was a social experience for me—so doing it alone always seemed lonely.

Being alone and being lonely are not the same experience. With a background in cognitive science, I began researching how psychologists define and measure loneliness. In my profession, I design products that help people and make their lives better. If I understood the characteristics and causes of loneliness, I thought I could create a life for myself where I felt happy, successful, and accomplished—even while spending much of that time alone.

In this talk I’ll share my struggles and successes on this journey to work creatively and productively while leading a personally fulfilling solo life. You’ll learn:

  • How psychologists define and characterise attributes of being alone versus being lonely, and how these emotional states affect your health and wellbeing.
  • How to harness creativity and inspiration when you’re by yourself.
  • Strategies for flourishing while working alone and successfully starting a company or project by yourself.

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