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Overcoming Loneliness is Possible if You Understand Your Social Preferences

One of the challenges when it comes to overcoming loneliness is that everyone’s idea of friendship is slightly different. In addition, each of us has a different level of comfort when it comes to social interaction.

Some of us feel completely comfortable in a group. For these people, there is something about the energy that emerges when people share ideas that just can’t be found in a more intimate setting.

Other people, like me, are much more comfortable spending time with others one-on-one. For us, intimacy is best achieved when we can cut out the background noise and really focus on the person in front of us. We prefer to look in another person’s eyes rather than watch the dynamics of the group around us.

There is no “right” answer here. The simple truth is that each of us prefers a different kind of social interaction. The trick, as with so many things in life, is to take the time to understand and accept ourselves so that we can put ourselves in situations that have the best chance of making us happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Are you the kind of person that prefers to be in a group of people? Or, do you have more fun when you are talking with someone one-on-one? Please cast your vote and join the conversation in the comments section at the end of this article.

Were you surprised by the results of this poll? Why or why not? Do you find that you always prefer to be in a group or one-on-one? Or, are there times when you prefer one situation or the other? Please join the discussion.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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