About Socially Distant

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We are told that humans are social animals. That people need interaction, connection, companionship. 

So, where does that leave people who are perfectly content being by themselves? Who don’t crave close relationships and social interaction? 

Socially Distant is an exploration into those of us who don’t need other people that much. The schizoids. The solitaries. The loners. The loveless.

Who are we? Why are we? And how do we get to live in our ‘you must be social!’ society? 

It particularly seeks to raise awareness of the schizoid personality/schizoid personality disorder. 

Socially Distant is also about solitude. Not as self-care, but as a day-to-day existence, an overriding personal preference. It addresses the persistent and pervasive cultural bias that exists against solitude (and by extension, solitary people). 

Above all, Socially Distant aims to expand the ‘introvert discourse’ that has emerged in the last few years in the wake of Susan Cain’s ‘Quiet’.

It seeks to promote new and different ways of thinking about what it might mean to be an introvert,  by taking into account those of us who exist on the, shall we say, ‘queerer’ end of the quiet spectrum. 

Articles are published on a fortnightly basis, sometimes weekly. Be sure to subscribe to be notified when new articles arrive (sign-up at the bottom of the page). You can also follow Socially Distant on Twitter. 

The most recent articles can be found on the home page. For older stuff, you can either search via category (via the navigation menu) or use the search at the top. Or you can just go to the Articles page to scroll everything.

Some articles you might want to read first:

Do feel free to leave comments. 

Whether you’re a socially distant sort yourself, or not, I hope you’ll find something of interest here.

Thank you for reading.

April 2022

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