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More Americans are choosing to live alone, even in a time of economic uncertainty. — Photo by Michael Blann/Getty Images Are we becoming a nation of Greta (and Gert) Garbos? "People who live alone," writes Klinenberg in Going Solo, are now "more common than the nuclear family, the multigenerational family , and the roommate or group home." As a society, however, we seem to be in denial of this new reality: While some ignore it, others deplore it, branding it a symptom of social fragmentation or individual narcissism. Going Solo challenges those stereotypes by letting singletons speak for themselves. "Having roommates feels sort of unadult," said a man in his late 20s.
This is part 3 of my series on the similarities and differences between borderline and narcissistic disorders. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. Up until now, I've talked about ways in which people with borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder are different.
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his legendary 20-year career, his role as co-pilot Roger Murdock in the 1980 comedy "Airplane!" and the 2011 documentary he produced called "On the Shoulders of Giants," about the talented and trailblazing Harlem Rens basketball team from the 1920-1930s. You can also catch the 7-foot-2-inch, 65-year-old athlete on ABC's new celebrity high-diving competition Splash on Tuesday nights. Watch <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
This questionnaire helps us locate any positive rewards in a cris is, defeat, or loss. Jot down any positive rewards that occur in answering these questions. Keep this inventory of positive rewards and examine them. Little in life is completely negative when we step outside of constricted awareness. Did this circumstance provide me with something to learn?
Being alone for the holidays doesn't mean you have to feel lonely! The holidays are upon us once again, and for many, it's a time of the year they spend alone. There are many reasons this occurs, whether it be because we can't afford to go home, or we have no "home" to travel to. Sometimes we just find ourselves alone for the holidays. I've been alone for Thanksgiving, and I've been alone for Christmas.
For a wide variety of reasons, many of us find ourselves alone for the holidays. With the emphasis on families and being with others, the holidays can be an especially lonely and trying time, even for those of us who are usually okay being on our own. But don’t worry, there are many things you can do to make the holidays a little less lonely when you’re alone. De-mythologize and adjust expectations.
The holiday season is a time of tradition, and traditions have a funny way of becoming expectations — like getting lots of stocking stuffers and spending days on end with family and friends. But what if you are going to spend much or all of the holiday season alone? What’s a person to do? No matter the reason that you’re alone for the holidays, you can make it a wonderful holiday season all the same. How? First, make your time alone count.
You Never Have to Spend the Holiday’s Alone Again Lovestamp for the holiday's I would like you all to know that I have been through this. I know what both sides of the equation feels like.
You know the scene. It looks so warm and cozy and loving. The large, smiling family is gathered around an exquisitely laid-out table, brimming with beautifully prepared food. All of this is playing out against the backdrop of a roaring fire and holiday trimmings. You’ve seen the same image portrayed in commercials, television specials and movies for years.
Last week, I was sitting in a hotel lobby waiting to meet with a friend. As I waited, I noticed a woman having coffee with her mother. During this meeting, the woman was excitedly presenting her mother with an e-reader. After the present was unwrapped, the woman proceeded to thoughtfully explain to her mother about how to use her e-reader, dealing with the wireless connection, etc. Instead of reacting with excitement or gratitude, her mother started lecturing her. The expression on the woman’s face as she was berated revealed incredible frustration.
Human societies, at all times and places, have organised themselves around the will to live with others, not alone. But not any more. During the past half-century, our species has embarked on a remarkable social experiment. For the first time in human history, great numbers of people – at all ages, in all places, of every political persuasion – have begun settling down as singletons. Until the second half of the last century, most of us married young and parted only at death.
Whether it's those lurking peak wedding months or the daily talk of royal nuptials, marriage is a subject we're hearing a lot about lately. Feelings about this trend seem to range from wild enthusiasm to mild resentment. Forgetting for a minute the adversity surrounding the institution of marriage and setting all ceremony aside, stripped down to its barest of bones, marriage is really just a long-term commitment to a serious intimate relationship. Regardless of one's feeling about marriage, the idea of a lasting romantic relationship is of much significance to most people. So, despite this post's provocative name, what I really wish to offer here isn't so much a lecture on why a person isn't married but an explanation of why many people aren't able to form a lasting union with someone they love.