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A Piece of My Mind
February 17, 2010

Lonely

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2010;303(7):593. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.117

“Don't you ever get lonely?” he asks me. I look at him from across the table. My eyes give away my surprise at his question. I wonder from where it came, and for how long he has wanted to ask it. I don't know how to answer him.

My shoulders stiffen. How is one supposed to answer such a question? Isn't loneliness universal? Don't those desperate pangs define our very humanness? I want to avoid the question, change the subject, get up and walk away, anything but answer him. But I always do that when I start to feel uncomfortable around him. He hates that about me. So I am trapped.

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