Together and Lonely: Loneliness in Intimate Relationships – Causes and Coping

Ami Rokach, PhD
Department of Psychology, The Center for Academic Studies, Israel and York University, Canada

Ami Sha’ked
School of Psychology, The Centre of Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000



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In this book, the authors discuss two of the most fundamental of human experiences: loneliness, and belonging. There have been other publications, over the years, about each of these topics separately, but none about how they interact and influence one another, in one integrated volume. Loneliness is an existential and basic human experience that all those who ever walked on this earth have experienced. Loneliness is always painful, subjective, all consuming, and an experience which we all try to avoid. This book reviews the most updated literature, research, and experimentation involving loneliness, human alienation, and separation.

Covered are definitions and an understanding of what is loneliness, loneliness in philosophy, literature and the Bible, loneliness of marginalized populations, the difference between essential and transient loneliness, loneliness of the seriously ill and the dying, what causes loneliness, and how can we cope with it successfully. Addressing humans’ great desire to belong, the book covers that overwhelming wish and need to be part of a community, a family and a romantic dyad, to belong and be valuable. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1: Introduction to Loneliness

Chapter 2: What is Actually Loneliness?

Chapter 3: Do We Experience Loneliness throughout Life?

Chapter 4: Loneliness of Marginalized Groups

Chapter 5: Loneliness, Illness, Hospitalization, Disability and Death
(Ben Rokach, M.D.)

Chapter 6: So, Why are People Lonely?

Chapter 7: Longing & Belonging

Chapter 8: Coping with Loneliness

Chapter 9: On Love & Loneliness

Chapter 10: Marriage Education: Preparation and Prevention

Chapter 11: Marriage and the Family

Chapter 12: A Developmental Perspective on Marital Relationships

Chapter 13: Intimate Relationships: Growth and Development

Chapter 14: Ingredients of a Successful Marriage: How to Achieve One, and What to Stay Away From

Chapter 15: Marital Satisfaction

Chapter 16: Loneliness in Romantic Relationships



"Two Israeli experts got together, to publish this book, which examines mainly the phenomenon of loneliness within intimate relationships, as marriage and family." READ MORE... - Dr. Yochi Ben-Nun, President, Israel Psychological Association

"In Together and Lonely, the need to belong-or to be socially accepted-is highlighted as a central and powerful factor in loneliness, as well as in psychopathology more broadly. The authors discuss the fundamental nature of the need to belong, and suggest that many of the presenting problems in psychotherapy may be best understood from a belongingness framework." READ MORE... - Alex Molaver, University of Connecticut in the May 2016 newsletter, Interpersonal Acceptance

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