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Matthews-Bellinger, J. (2015). Encounters with Loneliness: Only the Lonely. Edited by Arlene Kramer Richards, Lucille Spira, and Arthur A. Lynch. New York: International Psychoanalytic Books, 2013, xxii + 325 pp., $35.00 paperback.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63(6):1288-1296.

(2015). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(6):1288-1296

Encounters with Loneliness: Only the Lonely. Edited by Arlene Kramer Richards, Lucille Spira, and Arthur A. Lynch. New York: International Psychoanalytic Books, 2013, xxii + 325 pp., $35.00 paperback.

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Julia Matthews-Bellinger

Thus we have two kinds of loneliness. One which Frieda Fromm-Reichmann calls ordinary loneliness, a missing of others which is felt as such and thus presupposes the capacity for connectedness. And the other which involves the incapacity for connectedness and thus a missing of others which is so profound that the other, even in its absence, is not even understood or felt as such.

—Elizabeth Hegeman (1959, p. 365)

It is a striking fact that with a few notable exceptions (Winnicott 1958; Fromm-Reichmann 1959; Adler and Buie 1979; Willock, Bohm, and Curtis 2012) the experience of loneliness has not been explored in depth in the psychoanalytic literature.

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