The Loneliness Epidemic

Growing media attention to the fact that so many people feel lonely and/or isolated in the Western world shows us that we live in a society that has normalised a lack of genuine, face-to-face human connection. Many people are replacing real human connection with digital connection via their devices. In addition, the growing norm of the economically stressed and busy lifestyles means that most people are not getting the human connection they need for optimum health.

Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University in Utah, US, prepared new research to present to the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, held in Washington DC this month.

The work was based on a combination of two meta-analyses. The first involved 148 studies covering 300,000 people, and found that social connectedness to family or community reduced the risk of all-cause mortality by 50%.

The analysis also incorporated a further 70 studies covering 3.4 million people from North America, Australia and Europe. These studies looked at the health outcomes of people subject to social isolation, loneliness or living alone. They concluded that all three conditions – individually or in combination – increased the risk of premature death.’

Andrew Materson, Cosmos Magazine, 7 Aug, 2017

We can deduce that those experiencing loneliness would benefit immensely from being held in an Attunement Therapy session. The unconscious stress of being alone would be soothed and resolved, and the new connection they experience would help motive them to cultivate more genuine connections in their day-to-day life.

In 2016, the Australian crisis help organisation Lifeline released the results of its own survey into loneliness. It reported that as many as 80% of respondents said they had experienced significant periods of loneliness.

Perhaps significantly, 60% of respondents who said they “often” felt lonely lived with a partner, and many of them with children.’

Andrew Materson, Cosmos Magazine, 7 Aug, 2017

For those that cannot access consistent healthy human connection, regular Attunement Therapy sessions may be an excellent way to keep their health in check. This is particularly relevant for the aging population. Too many elderly spend too much time alone due to countless social and cultural failings. For some physically or emotionally compromised elderly who live alone, their only human contact is that with a support worker for one hour a week. This not only degenerates all aspects of health and wellbeing, but it should be seen as a cultural failing on the same scale of poverty and famine. In most cultures, solitary confinement is used as punishment because we know that the primal human system relies on contact with other people to be stable. Our culture has an obligation to lift the quality of life for the aging population. Easily available Attunement Therapy for the elderly would bring them more peace, happiness & longevity. It would also create huge savings in healthcare costs nationally.