In the neurocentric 21st century there is little discussion of the lonely body.
Before 1800, the English word “loneliness” did not exist. People lived in small communities, they tended to believe in God (which meant they were never really alone, even when they were physically isolated), and there was a philosophical concept of the community as a source of common good. There was no need for a language of loneliness.
Loneliness is sometimes described by sufferers as “cold”. This language is important: lonely people feel the cold, crave warm foods and physical heat as a physical and metaphorical counterbalance. We are social beings who thrive on physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual connection.
The answer to loneliness, history suggests, does not lie in talking about it, but moving through it; in finding connectedness that works with the body as much as the mind.
. . . The Guardian