As children, I’m not sure we understand feelings of isolation, or that’s what we feel. But without the emotional support, we may all feel isolated from time to time.
Emotional isolation can also occur through institutions like school, or social isolation, where we feel mentally separated from others, even if we have a well-functioning social network.
Negative past experiences brought into a relationship, will be the trigger of negative thoughts and feelings and will add to relationship problems. We may feel isolated and will withdraw emotionally. We may find it difficult to say how we feel.
Anyone can be in a relationship and still feel they’re on their own. They feel lonely, because they feel isolated, because others don’t understand. Loneliness is a feeling, we feel lonely because something triggers a memory that makes us feel alone, not because we’re feeling lonely, or isolated.
The brain will always try to make sense of the feeling, and as a result we may start to ask ourselves questions, but the theories about why we’re feeling lonely or isolated, may often become confused with the facts.
For people like me who deal with a disability, being isolated is parr for the course. It’s the nature of what a disability does. Add Autism into the mix, and I am completely isolated.